As in previous years, Kent Kindness aims to give a small Christmas bag with gifts to each boy in the Reception Centre so that they have something to open from us on Christmas day. The bags contain things which we think teenage boys will enjoy and appreciate – the exact selection depends on what our volunteer can source, but in previous years we have given fun mugs, shower gel, nail clippers, a keyring torch, a satsuma, gold chocolate coins….
It is always special if these gifts are the result of donations by our volunteers and friends. It makes them into personal gifts of goodwill and friendliness, which go far beyond their purely monetary value.
If you can contribute any amount, however small, please go to the “Donate” tab on our website – https://kentkindness.org.uk/?page_id=273 – to send us your donation – if you can Gift Aid it, that adds an extra 25% to your money.
Thank you in advance from everyone at Kent Kindness.
The football sessions with a school in the Weald continue every 2 or 3 weeks – here are the boys lined up for a post-match photo.
The reception centre are very grateful to have been given many items of sporting equipment recently, through the generosity of Kent Kindness. These include both new and second hand items – swimming trunks, football boots, table tennis bats and balls and pool balls and cues. We all know how much boys love sport, so these gifts are great for them.
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”…..
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.
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.
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
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.
Recently the boys from the reception centre were invited for a friendly game of football to Cranbrook School. As you can see, the weather was perfect and they had a fantastic afternoon! Many thanks indeed to Cranbrook School for hosting such a very enjoyable occasion.
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.