Once again, this year, in order to keep the donation process Covid safe, listeners were able to donate money to a Go Fund Me page set up by Romford BID Director, Julie Frost who also set up discount deals and arrangements with local shops so that the cash donated could go further.
This charity page enabled donations to be made online, to lessen the need for people to come out and physically donate.
However, we were also very grateful for the hundreds of gifts that were delivered to the radio station and to our appeal partner, GBP Estates.
Agencies that benefitted from the appeal included, LBBD Social Services Team and Hostels, LBH Social Services, Salvation Army, LBBD Schools, Peabody Trust, Gingerbread Society, ELHAP in Woodford Green, The RJ Mitchel school, and several families in need.
In total we received enough physical gifts to make up 1,250 presents and our total fundraising efforts have raised £11,250.00. This meant that over 2,000 children in the local community have benefitted by receiving gifts and toys from the appeal.
The BID and Time FM met to discuss money that was left over from buying presents and we were delighted that it was just over £1,600. We therefore decided to give the money to four of the agencies who are absolutely delighted. Details of how the funds will be spent are below:
Ardleigh Green Family Centre
Money towards fundraising for a new computer to help children with homework, CV writing for teenagers and generally helping to support local families.
Harold Hill Salvation Army
Money to buy nappies, baby milk and clothing for babies and young children of struggling families in the area.
Havering Women’s Aid
Money towards purchasing some new garden play equipment for the upcoming spring/summer period. They are lucky enough to have a reasonably big garden and the families use this space a lot so it would be a nice purchase.
Money towards helping to keep their adventure playground open for the 100's of disabled children and young people who depend on it in the local area.