With a £1,000 pledge from Catalyst we were able to raise nearly £6,000 for our work with vulnerable families. We used some of this money to give 97 people from local families in need of support a tremendous Christmas party on the 22 December. Our guests ate, laughed and were entertained before they all received wonderful individual presents from Santa himself.
A family was referred to our Christmas event by their Early Help support worker as they had experienced some very challenging circumstances including serious domestic violence and bereavement. When they arrived, their mother told us that she was completely drained but wanted her children to have a nice time. Thanks to everyone who donated, the family enjoyed the day and left us a thank you note:
‘We have had an amazing time, we as a family really needed it. Everyone has been really nice and caring, the presents are incredible. Thanks so much for making mine and my kids’ day.’
We are very grateful to everyone who supported the event by either donating or volunteering on the day.