More than £4,000 has been given to causes working to tackle poverty in Northampton this week thanks to the Chronicle & Echo’s Fair Deal for Kids campaign.
As a result of donations from several of our generous readers, a mystery benefactor and even a handful of politicians, the Chron’s Fair Deal for Kids fund swelled to just over £10,150.
It means this week the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, which is administering the fund and deciding where it should be spent, has now been able to give money to three worthy causes in the town.
Blackthorn Good Neighbours, which supports children in the eastern side of Northampton through weekly youth groups, breakfast clubs and nursery, is to receive £1,000.
Baby Basics Northampton, which helps young mums and new babies with equipment, goods and clothing will also get £1,000.
And finally, AFG and Friends UK will receive just over £2,000. The relatively new organisation in Northampton supports young asylum seekers and refugees at risk of poverty and isolation through regular support and activity.
Chief executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Victoria Miles, said: “We are delighted to be working with Northampton Chronicle and Echo in managing the Fair Deal for Kids fund tackling child poverty on our doorstep.
“The first three awarded groups have been allocated funding due to their targeted beneficiaries and the areas in which they work.”
Manager of Blackthorn Good Neighbours, Kathryn White, told the Chron in September that £100 could pay for a month’s worth of sand, or new books and play equipment at its new nursery. That’s why she says she is thrilled to be receiving ten times that amount from the Fair Deal for Kids Fund.
“A big thanks to anybody who has tried to support us in what we do.
“Any money we can get is so beneficial and the people in the Blackthorn area can really see this place is making a difference. Ms White said the £1,000 will be spent on helping to take a number of the nursery’s children and their parents away for trips at Halloween and at Christmas.
“It will also help with the every day running of a nursery - all those boring things like pens and paper which are so essential,” she added.