Every little helps – especially £15,000 from Tesco!

We’re celebrating after being given a £15,000 grant from Tesco.

Kent was allocated £100,000 from the supermarket giant’s Bags of Help charity donation scheme and asked shoppers to vote for their charity of choice by popping blue tokens into the collection boxes at the county’s stores.

They were all counted up at the end of last year and we had the second highest!

Our CEO Caroline Ford made the application from the grant and spearheaded the PR campaign to let people know to look out for them at the checkout – and it seems to have worked!

She said: “We’re really grateful to Tesco for this funding and would like to thank everyone who voted for us with their blue tokens.

This is an amazing amount of money to receive and will allow us to provide more specialised group sessions and one to one work in schools, homes and community settings to ensure that every child, young person and their family across Kent receives timely and appropriate support to cope with the death of a loved one.

Applying for this grant took some time but it has been worth every minute. This is a very large chunk of money for us and given that all we do is paid for from fundraising, grants and donations, with no Government financial assistance, it’s a fantastic amount.“It doesn’t mean we’ll sit back though – we still have a lot of fundraising to do in 2020 and are looking forward to hosting events, going to events and meeting our fundraisers too!”

We’ve now extended our work to help young people up to 18; previously we were primarily working with 6-16 year-olds but support is now available to all children.