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Saturday 8 September 2018 - Our launch
We would like to thank our very own “Friends & Families” for helping us to turn our dream of helping our local community into a reality. We have already touched so many lives in the Sevenoaks district and without you all, this would never have been possible.
We would like to give a particular mention to Ben, who has built this wonderful website, for his unwavering support in all things technical, and to Fiona Lowrie for giving us so much of her time and advice to help us to be comfortable with the minefield that is GDPR.
We would also like to give special thanks to the wonderful members of Shona’s Runners who have never failed to come to the rescue when we have had a specific and often urgent need to address and who have given us their constant support and encouragement to launch this charity, and of course to the Sevenoaks Women’s Forum with whom we started this journey back at Christmas 2017, when they provided gifts, clothes and hampers with such generosity.
We can’t forget our wonderful corporate sponsors who have made generous donations to help us to get out of the starting blocks. Thank you to Shawbrook Bank and Dalmore Capital Limited: we are very grateful for your support.
We would like to keep Friends for Families running for as long as there is a need for our work, and without your continued support, encouragement and donations this just won’t be possible. So THANK YOU from the very bottom of our F4F hearts on behalf of all the families we have supported and will support over the coming years.
Below is an extract of a letter which we were sent from Children’s Services which hopefully makes very clear just what a difference we can all make together:
‘I wanted to put into writing our gratitude for all that Friends for Families have done to assist Children’s Social Work Services in Dartford and Sevenoaks. Since late 2017 you have kindly assisted many children and their families who have needed practical support to assist them due to a wide range of needs and often at times of significant stress.
Various social workers and managers have commented on the generosity and speed with which you assist families, where otherwise there would often be unmet needs. Examples have included provisions of vital furniture and bedding, enabling children to participate in social activities outside of their home and providing items such as toys and bikes. I am aware that over Christmas 2017 many families were extremely grateful for the toys and gifts made available.
The purpose of this letter is to ensure that you are aware that your ongoing work and support is deeply appreciated and valued, both by the families and also by the social workers who approach you with requests.’
Watch this space for more news coming soon and in the meantime; if you do want to help further, now or in the future, our bank details can be found on the “Donate” page, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.