Generous donors from across the East Midlands enabled Faith in Families (FiF) – a registered charity and independent adoption agency, established over 70 years – to make its 44th Christmas Appeal one of its most successful ever, exceeding its original £10,000 target.
Instead of collecting food and toy donations (ruled out this year due to the need for Covid-19 social distancing and safeguarding) FiF had asked for cash donations.
The Christmas Appeal enabled FiF to give families a £50 food and gift voucher before Christmas. Further £50 vouchers are set to be given out now (January/February 2021), at a time of the year when families can struggle financially, with this year being harder also due to the Covid-19 Lockdown.
The families receiving help were identified with the help of ten East Midlands’ schools, with whom Faith in Families already works through its School Social Work Service, and church parishes in the Agency’s area. Faith in Families’ Schools Social Work Service has qualified social workers based in partner schools to work with individual pupils and groups on behavioural, emotional and other issues which can be a barrier to their learning.
Nicola Richardson, Community Fundraiser for Faith in Families, said: “It’s been an incredible response, especially when you consider what a difficult 2020 people had themselves and the changes we had to make in the way we do the Appeal. People have been incredibly generous and we can’t thank them enough.”
Laura Payne, the charity’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, added: “Without this Christmas Appeal some families would have had nothing and their children left with no presents to open on Christmas Day. It just shows the spirit to help that’s out there.”
In addition to its annual Christmas Appeal, Faith in Families fundraises throughout the year to finance its other charitable activities, as part of its commitment to ensuring children are given every opportunity to lead confident lives full of potential. For more on this see the FiF website at https://faithinfamilies.org/support-us/
For more information about Faith in Families and its services generally see its website at https://faithinfamilies.org/
For further information on this news release please contact Sean Kirby, Business Development Officer at Faith in Families, on email Sean.Kirby@faithinfamilies.org or mobile 07880 388186.