ROTARY CLUB AND CHILDREN’S CHARITY PROVIDE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS TO SOMERSET REFUGES

Crewkerne Rotary Club has teamed up with children’s charity KidsOut, to provide Christmas presents to survivors of domestic violence. Children who are living in women’s refuges in Somerset will receive a box of brand new toys and games, to enjoy over the festive period. Christmas is always tough for families in refuge, with this year set to be harder than usual because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most children arrive at a refuge with only the clothes on their back and are restricted to a single room with their mother and siblings. Mothers struggle to provide basic essentials, let alone toys for their children at Christmas.

As part of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland, Crewkerne Rotary Club is part of a national campaign to provide a Rotary Christmas Toy Box to every child in every refuge in the UK. Thanks to local fundraising efforts, Crewkerne Rotary Club will be funding eight boxes of brand new toys, to help support children’s mental health and make the world a little kinder. Each box will contain over £80 worth of gender/age appropriate toys, that promote social and educational development and family bonding. The boxes will be packed by KidsOut and distributed straight to refuges for mothers to give to their children in time for Christmas.

National charity KidsOut was established in 1999 and works with every Women’s Aid Federation refuge in the UK, to provide positive opportunities and experiences, bring smiles to disadvantaged children and enhance their wellbeing and outlook. Head of Children’s Services at KidsOut, Sandra Doherty said: “We are so excited to be teaming up with the Crewkerne Rotary Club for our brand new Rotary Christmas Toy Box initiative. The children we support often have very few possessions of their own and these toys will provide comfort, happiness and Christmas joy in difficult times.”

Members of the public are invited to help and take part in KidsOut Giving Tree, the charity’s annual Christmas toy appeal. For more information, please visit www.kidsout.org.uk.

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