Could you give an extra special gift this festive season?
The ongoing pandemic continues to impact on all of us, but the children supported by Free to Be have been affected even more than most. During the first lockdown alone, more than 1 in 10 of the children we worked with reported losing a family member to Coronavirus. Throughout the pandemic, many have been trapped in cramped homes, impacted by poverty, neglect and domestic abuse, with limited access to support networks. As a result, we've seen the levels of need increase dramatically this year, even beyond the normally high levels of disadvantage that children referred to us in a typical year face.
Your help will allow us to reach more vulnerable children than ever before over 2022.
1. Donate a holiday for a vulnerable child
"Free to Be is like a second home. It just feels really nice and good. Cosy. They always give us a good bed and we wake up in the countryside. I just hope I get to go again!" Taylor, 11
"They give us a really good chance to try new things. Like, I’ve never done canoeing in my life or stayed in tents before. I’ve never been to do the big things that I’ve done on these trips." Prince, 9
Make a child's Christmas dreams come true! Any amount is a huge help, but £300 (plus Gift Aid) would cover the full cost of their break with Free to Be.
Your donation covers all costs, including: pre-project support, transport to and from home, accommodation, food and taking part in up to 20 different activities, from night walks and farm visits to beach trips and cooking sessions.
Or spread this donation over a year with a recurring donation of £25 per month (plus Gift Aid) and you could ensure that a child receives a break annually throughout their childhood for the length of your donation.
2. Buy a present from our Wishlist
Could you squeeze in an extra gift this year to help the children on our projects have an amazing break? We're collecting quality equipment for 2022's projects. From bedtime storybooks to buckets and spades and boardgames, every item gifted will enrich our children's breaks and be enjoyed again and again.
Browse our Amazon wishlist and pick a gift here:
Our friends at Attic Self Storage are taking delivery of all items on our behalf and keeping them under their Christmas tree. To ensure the correct postage address is selected, please add the item to your basket from the main wishlist screen (not the individual product listing).
Please let us know (using the form at the bottom of this page) if you buy us a present - Amazon is unable to share your details with us and we'd love to thank you for your generosity!
3. Help cover the cost of fresh, tasty food on our projects
If you think your Christmas food shop is big, you should see our trolley at the beginning of a residential project!
Tasty, nutritious, homemade meals are a key part of our projects. Cooked with love by our volunteers, they help to create a sense of nurture and care for children who sometimes struggle to eat a full and healthy diet as a result of food poverty and challenging housing situations.
From chatting about the day around a dinner table, to cooking an al-fresco meal in the embers of a campfire, to completing a Masterchef Invention challenge with a range of mystery ingredients, we aim to ensure that food is a key part of children's experiences at Free to Be. If you'd like to help us to continue making mealtimes special, you can contribute supermarket food vouchers for us to put towards our shopping bill.
Click this button to go to the Asda website. When prompted, please enter the following details:
Recipient Name - Free to Be Kids, Recipient's Email - email@example.com