All posts by Margaret Curran

MONEY WHILE WE LAUGHED

On Oct 3rd, a comedy night was held for the benefit of Kent Kindness by Lonestar Comedy, which is run by one of our Trustees.  About 70 people, both volunteers from Kent Kindness and members of the Lonestar Comedy Club, laughed the evening away at Cranbrook Rugby Club.  We all had a great time, and the evening raised £365.40 for Kent Kindness.

“Laughing all the way to the bank”…..

 

Donations for football boots

Many thanks to two privates individual who, hearing that Kent Kindness is currently looking to provide pairs of football boots for the boys in the reception centre, have kindly given us very significant donations for that – and have added Gift Aid to make them go even further.

Those are gifts which are guaranteed to bring a lot of happiness!

Donations for that purpose, or for more general support of the young asylum seekers and refugees, can be made on this website via the “Donate” button. 

Party!

In early August, some of our Kent Kindness volunteers organised a party for the young people at the reception centre.

The intention was for it to be an English garden party and sports day,  but, after weeks and weeks of drought, that was the day when the weather broke and it absolutely poured non-stop!

Fortunately, we were invited  to move the event into the spacious dining area,  and so we were able to put on some races such as egg and spoon and a sack race (with the young people sitting on the floor rather than running, in the interests of health and safety!) as well as other traditional games and activities – pin the tail on the donkey, Twister, musical statues, fancy dress and more.

The volunteers provided a completely sumptuous spread for tea, as well as lovely table and room decorations.  We were greatly helped by the support workers in the centre – and I think they enjoyed the afternoon as well!

It was wonderful to see the young people enjoying themselves so thoroughly, and a great time was had by all. 

Thank You to Henhurst Charitable Trust

Kent Kindness has received a very substantial donation from the Henhurst Charitable Trust, an organisation which has supported us in the past as well.  We are truly grateful to the Trustees for this generous  donation which will enable us to continue our support for young asylum seekers and refugees, with the focus on education and activities which promote their well-being.

 

FUN DAY OUT

Recently, Kent Kindness funded a day out for the young refugees in the secondary school in which some of our volunteers give support.  Here’s an email we received from their teacher:

We are just back from yet another brilliant adventure thanks to Kent Kindness.  We could not have packed anymore into our day – lighthouses, trains, paddling, ice creams, sandcastles, amusements and rides.  Lots of fun had by all so thank you very much

 

THANK YOU TO CRANBROOK SCHOOL

Kent Kindness would like to say a huge “thank you” to Cranbrook School.

Not only have they twice hosted the boys from the reception centre for a friendly game of football (including refreshments!), but they have also made a most generous donation to us from their Charity Appeal.

The money will be used to help young refugees who need our support;  and the fun and friendly welcome of the football matches have already given very much enjoyment.

Thank you for your generosity.

FEAST FOR VOLUNTEERS

On Thursday May 10, the boys in the reception centre gave a real feast for the volunteers who work with them, to say “thank you” for all they have done.  The boys prepared food from their own countries and it was delicious and very copious!  They all signed a special card which was presented to the lead volunteer at the centre.

The boys were so proud and happy to be sharing their welcome, their food and their music with the volunteers,  and the volunteers were tremendously touched and happy to receive such a special gift. 

A really easy way to give money to Kent Kindness

If you ever shop online, without paying any more you can donate money to Kent Kindness by joining Easyfundraising.org.uk (link below).

Every time you make an online purchase from any of their supporting retailers (which include Amazon, Ocado, Sainsburys, Tesco, John Lewis, M&S,  Next, Topshop, etc etc etc) a donation goes to a charity of your choice.  All you have to remember to do is to buy online through the Easyfundraising.org website.

It’s easy to join up – just put in your name, email address and a password.  Then you’re ready to choose your charity (Kent Kindness, we hope!) and you’re off!  https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk

If you are already using Easyfundraising, you might consider nominating Kent Kindness as your charity of choice for a few weeks….. to do that, simply go to “My Account” on the top toolbar, choose “My Account Settings”, and you will see that the bottom item on the menu says “Change the Cause I Support”.   That enables you to use that method to donate to Kent Kindness for a limited period, and then change back again.