Well it’s been an eventful few weeks (in more ways than one!); we have provided (or are in the process of providing); school uniform – due to mental health & poverty; baby toys for a little one who only had a rattle and one book; a new heater for a family in poverty who can’t afford the full heating on; a cot for a family in poverty; baby milk and nappies for a family in poverty; 8 x weekly food shops for families who are struggling due to benefit changes, domestic violence or poverty; a pushchair, clothes and toys – gone to a family who have fled domestic violence with a bag of clothes and toys between them; 2 x single mattresses and 2 x beds for children who were sleeping on old bedding on the floor; a moses basket, bedding, toys and clothes for a family in poverty; a toddler bed and mattress, clothes, bedding and toys for a family due to poverty; a travel cot for a family living in temporary accommodation; girls clothes for a family who have suffered domestic violence; Primark vouchers and clothing to a family who have suffered domestic violence and fled with no clothes; a bed, mattress, 3 x new wardrobes, and 3 x Ashley Bears for a family who have suffered domestic violence,. 6 more Ashley Bears for new families going to the Refuge; 6 Ashley Bears going to a Social Working Team for current children who have gone through domestic violence or abuse. The Christmas present referrals are coming in thick and fast too. Thank you to everyone for your continued support, especially following the recent court case with our former Founder. We appreciate each and every one of you.
Thank you so much to Disneystore and In Kind Direct for the amazing donation of 48 Mickey Mouse toys!! These will be going to children on our Christmas referral lists. They are going to love them!!
We were sad to report this after two days in court in November
We are grateful to Co-op Local Community Fund for choosing us to support for a whole year in the following stores – Southbourne – Cranleigh Road Bournemouth BH6 5JL (Food) – Southbourne, Bournemouth BH5 2JB (Food) – Tuckton, Bournemouth BH6 3JZ (Food) –
Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 3QS (Funeralcare). We will receive a percentage of branded Co-op products and services purchased at these branches.
We have had an extremely busy two weeks – 7 single mattresses, 4 single beds, 3 sets of bunk beds – gone to families in poverty, or who have gone through domestic violence; a travel cot, stairgate, clothes and toys to a single parent in poverty; 6 x essentials boxes to families in poverty, suffering from mental health or have gone through domestic violence; childrens clothes, toys and toiletries for a refugee family with nothing; baby clothes, toys, pram, nappies, milk and childrens clothes for another refugee family with nothing; 2 x camera monitors for children in poverty with complex health needs; a laptop repair for a student who’s parent has alcohol dependency; a cooker, washing machine and fridge freezer for a mum who has been through domestic violence; baby clothing, childrens clothes, a food shop, and essentials box for a parent in poverty; a food shop for a parent who has been through domestic violence; a wardrobe and toy storage for a child who’s parent has mental health issues; 2 x birthday presents for children in poverty; and 2 x weekly food shops for families in poverty. We have also started to get the Christmas present referrals in – approximately 220 so far (These are children who would otherwise go without a gift this year). WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY TAKING DONATIONS OF ITEMS, AS WE NEED TO FREE UP SPACE READY FOR CHRISTMAS, BUT WE WILL CALL OUT FOR ITEMS ON OUR PAGE. Thank you to everyone who supports us – we are continually grateful.
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Thank you for all your ideas about creating a charity event or session for kids at Christmas. As we said we would contact Ashley’s Birthday Bank and see what they suggested we do, being the experts!
Based on your suggestions we asked them whether a dedicated play session (party) on a specific date near Christmas, for underprivileged children would be the best choice. We explained we would raise money towards the cost of the children’s play and food for up to 15 children and we would provide a free hot drink for the accompanying adults.
However, they replied:
“Due to the sensitive nature of the clients we support, we feel it would be better if you were able to provide us with tickets for 15 children (Like “golden tickets”) and we can distribute them to some of the families we feel would benefit the most, and they could come to your play centre as a “member of the public with a free ticket” on their chosen day, rather than an organised event for vulnerable families. The families are referred to us through other channels, so we don’t have direct contact with them, but could distribute the vouchers through the referrers.”
So that is what we are doing! We need to raise £105 for 15 children to come and play and eat with us at their own chosen day. We shall print off the tickets for them and Ashley Birthday Bank will pass those on for us.
We will provide a free tea or coffee for the parent/guardian bringing them along. Please help to raise the money with us by sharing this post and keep sharing it, you don’t have to give the £7 but anything will help!
We would like to thank everyone for all their support and patience while we decided the best way to go about it all.
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Thank you so much to BSK Community Events for providing 54 Primark Vouchers, toiletries and chocolate for the teenagers we are supporting this Christmas. Amazing donation. ❤