First, very many thanks to all who supported the Coffee Morning on 1st September. We are very grateful to Ian and Judy for their warm and generous hospitality , and thanks too to Janet Bailey and to Pam and Jim Lamb whose presence helped to make this a really good event. The proceeds amounted to £292.89.
Here is a further appeal to your good nature and generous spirit. Sunday 14th October sees us celebrating our Annual Gift Sunday. To help you know what happens to your donations here is a description of the work being done.
3.7 million children are living in poverty, 16,500 children are at high risk of sexual exploitation, 1 in 10 children have a mental health problem, 1 child in 20 has been sexually abused, 160,000 children are acting as young carers – some as young as five years old, 100,000 children run away from home or care each year – that’s one every five minutes., 70% of children who are sexually exploited go missing from home or care
We also campaign to make sure laws are changed to make children’s lives better. Our trained project workers listen to children and provide them with information, advice and guidance to help with their problems.
The speaker at the service will be Gill Ford who will talk more about the work done. Your contribution, whether at fundraising events or this Sunday by using the envelope enclosed with this magazine go a long way towards making lives safer and better for the nation’s children. Perhaps you would like to join the small team here at St. Mary’s. We meet three or four times a year to plan events for raising funds.