Great response to 2020 Christmas Appeal

Christmas Appeal
Faith in Families Christmas Appeal

Generous donors have given a great boost to the Faith in Families’ 2020 Christmas appeal – aiming to support at least 120 struggling families across the East Midlands.

Faith in Families – a registered charity and independent adoption agency, established over 70 years ago – runs an annual Christmas Appeal to help families in need. This is its 44th Appeal.

The 2020 Appeal is one of its most ambitious to date. Instead of collecting food and toy donations (ruled out this year due to the need for Covid-19 social distancing and safeguarding) Faith in Families is aiming to raise £10,000 – to provide at least 120 families in need with £50 or more in vouchers, to help them over the Christmas period.

Over £7,000 donated so far

Over £7,000 has already been collected towards the target, with the charity’s staff hoping for a big push in the time remaining until Christmas Day.

The 120 families due to receive help have been identified with the help of ten schools across the East Midlands, which Faith in Families already works with through its School Social Work Service. The Service’s trained social workers make regular visits to partner schools, to work with individual pupils and groups on behavioural and other issues which can be a barrier to their learning.

Families benefiting from this year’s Christmas Appeal are set to receive food and goods vouchers in time for Christmas Day, with additional support also due to be provided in January (always a financially difficult time for families who may already be struggling to make ends meet).

Nicola Richardson, Community Fundraiser for Faith in Families, said: “It has been a difficult year for everyone, which makes it all the more special that donors have really come through for our 2020 Christmas Appeal.

“It’s a bit different this year, with our asking for cash donations rather than food and toy gifts, but people have been just as generous and we really do thank them.”

Laura Payne, the charity’s Head of Professional Services, added: “Without this Christmas Appeal some families would have nothing, leaving children with no presents to open on Christmas day. People’s generosity has really shone through, despite their own tough times, and we’re hoping this same spirit will see us hit our £10,000 target this year.”

How to donate

If you would like to contribute to the Faith in Families (FiF) 2020 Christmas Appeal you can:

Faith in Families are also hoping to hear from local businesses who can support the campaign. They can contact FiF’s Community Fundraiser, Nicola Richardson, direct on email: nicola.richardson@faithinfamilies.org

For more information about Faith in Families and its services 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