Poverty Getting Worse for Local Families

2022 has already brought a huge increase in poverty for many families. In February, we provided:-
18 weekly food shops – reasons range from poverty, covid health issues, mental health, children in need, sexual abuse (had to move area with very little). cap in benefits
A CD player – for a child with special needs
3 Fridge Freezers – reasons range from poverty, domestic violence, and moved from a hostel
2 Washing Machines – reasons range from cancer diagnosis (causing poverty due to not working) and a family leaving the refuge
Toys & Games – for a child who had come out of care back to their parent
School shoes for a child in poverty
A dehumidifier – for a family in temporary accommodation and had a child with health needs
14 mattresses – reasons range from domestic violence, recent bereavement, recently homelessness, poverty
2 x Double Beds – Due to poverty
Bedding – reasons range from poverty, neglect, abuse and domestic violence
Clothing for a teenager in poverty
Single Bed – child sleeping on the floor
Toiletries – a family in poverty, teenagers had no toiletry products
Hoover – family in poverty, and a family who had been through domestic violence
A toddler bed for a family in poverty (child sleeping on mattress with parent on the floor)
3 sets of bunks beds – reasons due to poverty, domestic violence and neglect
Toddler clothing – following domestic violence, had to flee area
Baby Cot, bedding and sleep grow bags – For a baby living with young parent in assisted living
Stairgates – Due to neglect and poverty
Cot bed – for a family who’s toddler child was still sleeping in a cot
We wouldn’t be able to provide this service without ongoing support from all the local families and Companies, and we thank you so much!!!
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The Must Have Children’s Book

Nikki Cadby from Rustic & Retro Cakery has always supported us with cakes and fundraisers. We are proud to be able to share some support for her. She featured in this weeks “Local Trader of the Week” in Bournemouth Echo, and is currently promoting the fantastic children’s book written by her Therapist, aimed at helping children understand their emotions and how they deal with different situations in their lives.
One of our youngest volunteers (Anna’s granddaughter Beatrix) has a copy of the book, and can’t wait to start reading it, and tucking into the cakes!!
Take a look at the link for purchasing the book; and also the raffle being held by Nikki (Link further down our page).
Picture below showing Nikki on the left and Beverley Davies (Author) on the right
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Cheeky Little Donation!

Thank you so much to Cheeky Rascals for donating 5 wall mounted nursery heaters and 5 free standing nursery heaters. They emailed us the following:-
“I was reading an article and Press release about local people being forced to decide between heating and eating.
As a team this really saddened us and we want to help in any small way we can.
We have a product that we would love to donate to your charity for you to use as you wish. See below. With heating bills soaring, families using the Reer Heaters to heat one part of their home might be a better idea than heating a whole house for example.”
These will be given to families who are referred to us for this support.
Thank you!!!
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Children Helping Children

We were touched when a local mum contacted us saying
“Hello. my 9 year old son has held a sweet sale today to raise money for charity. He feels sad that some children aren’t as lucky as him and that they might not have any toys. Would you prefer a cash donation or could he go and buy toys for your charity? please let me know as I think your charity seems like the perfect charity to receive the money he has raised.
Best wishes
Caroline Richards
These are the toys he bought with the money from his sweet sale! What a little star!!