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Largest Love Kingston grants to date of £25,000 to local charities

Love Kingston has announced that its final grants in the first phase of the campaign will be the largest to date, with more than £5,000 each given to five local charities supporting local people in crisis.

The Love Kingston fund has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2012, collectively raising more than £330,000 thanks to the generosity of individuals, businesses, shops and community groups that want to help change the lives of thousands of residents.

Charities that have benefited so far include Kingston Foodbank, Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness, SurrySave credit union, Oxygen and Hestia.

Love Kingston is now focused on securing a sustainable future for the 400 or more charities and community groups across the borough, developing the Kingston Legacy Fund to support charitable activity for generations to come. Love Kingston will also fund local projects working on a new theme ‘Isolation to Integration’.

 

Paul Pickhaver, Kingston Foodbank

"Love Kingston has made a real difference to the lives of local people here in our borough. The support we have received at Kingston Foodbank over the last 3 years has enabled us to collect and distribute almost 80,000 kg of food and support 16,300 people.

Love Kingston Day itself has really helped to not just raise funds but also raise awareness of crisis issues locally and help people find meaningful and effective ways of responding. The generosity we have seen from all ages - young children donating a tin or packet at their school assembly to an older person donating their winter fuel allowance - has been humbling and inspiring. Thank you to everyone at Love Kingston."

Matt Hatton, Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness

“KCAH helped over 110 people out of homelessness in Kingston in the least year alone. Our Housing Crisis Intervention Service is a lifeline for a large number of people in our community who find themselves on the brink. The financial backing from Love Kingston has helped sustain this vital service and we are delighted that this will still be the case in 2016. Through Love Kingston funding, KCAH can work intensively with people who experience housing crisis and also help them link into existing support networks within the borough”.

John Trend, Oxygen

“We have felt truly blessed to be involved with such a worthwhile local campaign. It's great to see an initiative that seeks to show local people all the incredible work taking place in their community and raise support for grassroots charities like ours. The team behind the campaign have been brilliant, publicising our work and raising funds.

Thanks to funding from Love Kingston we have been able to build relationships with more young people and improve the depth and quality of our work in schools and on local estates, getting alongside young people and helping them to achieve their full potential”.

Valerie Walwyn, SurreySave

“SurreySave is delighted to have been awarded a grant from Love Kingston which will help us to continue to provide ethical savings and loans to Kingston’s residents. People who use our services tell us that it is frightening to cope with a sudden drop in income through illness, loss of work and other difficult circumstances, so they are delighted when SurreySave are able to help: we are enormously grateful to Love Kingston for helping us to reach more people that need help to pay their bills and avoid spiraling debt through high cost loans”.

Pooja Aryal, Hestia

“Hestia is extremely grateful for the support we have received over the years from Love Kingston. Each donation enables us to carry out much needed work to support vulnerable women and children, assisting each to make a positive change within their lives, freeing them from domestic violence and abuse.

Previous generous donations have allowed us to arrange vital creative sessions including sewing, and therapeutic art within our domestic abuse refuge services - providing a safe space for the women to begin speaking collectively about their own personal traumas and for the children to begin their own journey towards healing. Activities such as these are vital and help us provide our service users with the therapeutic and emotional support to help them begin to rebuild their lives”.

Sorrel Parsons, Love Kingston Fund Manager

“We're thrilled that with the continued backing of passionate, determined individuals and businesses we are able to provide help when it's needed to some of the borough's most vulnerable residents. It's a testament to the strength of community in our borough that local charities are receiving their largest grant to date from the Love Kingston fund.

We are hugely thankful to everyone that has taken Love Kingston to their heart so far and ask residents, businesses, schools and community groups to get creative and have some fun in fundraising this Love Kingston Day to support residents through tough times, both now and in the future”.

Love Kingston is appealing for everyone in the borough to love where they live and have some fun in fundraising on the fourth annual Love Kingston Day on Sunday 14 February. Details of how to get involved or donate can be found at www.love-kingston.org.uk or contact sorrel@londoncf.org.uk

Published on 19 January 2016

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