Christmas Appeal 2021 launched by Faith in Families to help vulnerable families

Published on: Wednesday, 13th October 2021
Faith In Families

Families in need will again be helped this Christmas by adoption and children’s charity Faith in Families, as it launches its 45th annual Appeal. 

More than £12,000 was raised by last year’s (2020) Christmas Appeal – a record amount for the charity – enabling it to provide seasonal cheer to over 120 East Midlands’ families. 

The 2021 Christmas Appeal – Faith in Families’ 45th – has been launched.

As in 2020, due to difficulties created by the Covid-19 pandemic, instead of collecting physical donations of toys and gifts the charity is looking for solely monetary donations. 

Appeal funds will be used to buy £50 supermarket (Aldi) vouchers to go towards the Christmas celebrations of around 120 families in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.  

Families are identified as vulnerable or in need through the work of Faith in Families’ School Social Work Service (which places workers in-school, to help pupils and staff with a range of mental health issues) and the church parishes the charity works with. 

One mother who received the vouchers in 2020 said: “My daughter received Aldi vouchers from the SSWS (FiF’s School Social Work Service) in her meeting at school. SSWS has been helping her with bullying and self-belief, and it has been lovely to see her enjoy school again. SSWS’s work with her has been invaluable. The vouchers were a lovely surprise and greatly received. Food is such an important topic in our house. Christmas dinner alone has been discussed since August!” 

Laura Payne, Acting CEO of Faith in Families, said: “The response to our 2020 Christmas Appeal was amazing, especially when you consider the hard year everyone had and our having to change the collections focus to purely monetary donations. Whoever donated should know that they made Christmas for those families and children who benefited. 

“We’re hoping for a similarly generous effort this year and will be working non-stop up to Christmas to try and make that happen.” 

There are a number of ways people can donate; all of them listed on Faith in Families’ website, on the Christmas Appeal 2021 web page at the Faith In Families website.

Companies wishing to provide corporate sponsorship of the Christmas Appeal are also welcome to get in touch with Faith in Families’ Community Fundraiser, Nicola Richardson, on mobile 07551 154795 or email Nicola.Richardson @ faithinfamilies.org  

Faith in Families is a registered adoption agency and children’s charity based in Nottingham, but which works throughout the East Midlands. Established over 70 years ago it works with individuals, couples, families, schools and communities to enable the most vulnerable children in society to reach their full potential in life. Faith in Families has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted six times, consecutively. 

If you have any queries or want to know more about Faith in Families, please get in touch via email enquiries @ faithinfamilies.org or phone 0115 955 8811. 

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