You did it: donations to Chron’s poverty tackling campaign helps 870 kids

Children from the Springs Family Centre hold up a Fair Deal for Kids banner as part the Chron's anti-poverty campaign.
Children from the Springs Family Centre hold up a Fair Deal for Kids banner as part the Chron's anti-poverty campaign.
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More than 870 children have benefitted from the Fair Deal for Kids fund - thanks to your donations to the Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

The Chron teamed up with the foundation in July last year in a bid to tackle child poverty in our town.

Around 30 youngsters took part in workshops decorating a float and creating costumes to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday - thanks to the Fair Deal for Kids fund.

Around 30 youngsters took part in workshops decorating a float and creating costumes to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday - thanks to the Fair Deal for Kids fund.

The appeal was launched after shock figures showed that 37 per cent of youngsters were not getting enough healthy meals, school clothing or holidays, in some parts of the town.

And thanks to your kind donations we managed to raise £11,730 and now we can confirm the money has all been spent.

It has been distributed to four groups across the county which support children and young people: Blackthorn Good Neighbours, Spring Boroughs Neighbourhood Forum, AFG UK and Friends and Baby Basics Northampton.

Blackthorn Good Neighbours are using their grant to provide a breakfast club and hot meals to children living in the Northampton East area.

We really appreciated the public response and the generosity of local donors to work together to make a difference

Grants director Rachel McGrath

They will also deliver healthy cooking sessions for parents, which they can learn to cook for their own children.

Spring Boroughs Neighbourhood Forum also received funding from Fair Deal for Kids to support children and young people from Spring Boroughs to take part in the Northampton Carnival. Around 30 youngsters took part in workshops decorating a float and creating costumes to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

AFG UK and Friends have provided a support service to young unaccompanied asylum seekers in Northamptonshire which includes a free meal and social activities, with the money they received from the Fair Deal for Kids fund.

Baby Basics Northampton, a group led by volunteer mums, used their grant to provide Moses

Baskets full of essential items to Mums with babies who find themselves struggling financially.

Each project focuses on the wellbeing of children and young people and supports those who may be experiencing poverty in the county.

Grants director and deputy CEO of the community foundation, Rachel McGrath said: “We were delighted to be able to work with Northampton Chronicle and Echo to raise much needed funds to tackle child poverty locally and the funds raised have been fully awarded to grassroots groups working with vulnerable families and children and young people.

“We really appreciated the public response and the generosity of local donors to work together to make a difference.”

In total, these groups will support 870 children at an average cost of £13.48 per youngster.

The impact of the grant awards will mean supporting vulnerable people to access support services, provide affordable social activities, reduce loneliness and isolation and improve health and wellbeing.