Tuesday 12th December, 2017

Anonymous donor offers special boost to Christmas Appeal

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An anonymous donor has offered £7,000 match funding for our Christmas Appeal

Earlier this month, Romsey Mill launched an urgent fundraising appeal to raise £30,000, following Cambridgeshire County Council’s decision to end the charity’s contracts to deliver Children’s Centre services.

The public response to the appeal has already helped to raise over £16,000. And now an anonymous donor has stepped forward, offering to match fund any additional individual donations, up to the value of £7,000.

Neil Perry, Chief Executive of Romsey Mill said: “People have responded with love and generosity to our Christmas Appeal to support our work with children and families." 

“And we’ve just received a totally unexpected boost. A supporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged to match-fund up to £7,000 against any additional individual donations people make, from this point forward, in order to assist Romsey Mill in reaching our fundraising goal.”

“Every single pound we receive will make a huge difference for good; but with this anonymous offer of match funding, each donation will now have double the value.”

For 37 years, Romsey Mill has worked with families and young children going through tough times. Since 2008, some of this work has been delivered under County Council contract for Children’s Centre services. But the charity now faces a £249,000 drop in funding, after the Council’s decision to end the contract.

Neil Perry said: “Despite this decision, Romsey Mill Centre remains open and we will still continue to deliver youth work for disadvantaged young people, run our autism friendly youth groups, and opportunities for education and play in our pre-school settings.”

“But we also remain passionate about helping families needing vital support. It is part of Romsey Mill’s DNA. We know that many families will still need help, and may fall through the net. And this has been reinforced by the Social Mobility Commission report last month (28th November), which revealed that Cambridge ranks the 18th lowest area in the country in terms of social mobility for under 5s.”

“So, we are seeking to raise an initial £30,000, as an urgent appeal this Christmas to help us deliver that support to families in 2018. We work together to help them create a better present for themselves, which then enables them to have a brighter future.”

“We recognise that £30,000 is a large amount to raise in a short time. But this amount would enable us to begin investing in future services for families with children in their early years, when they most need help; and offer them stability of care and support for families, as services change.”

Speaking of the vision that Romsey Mill has for supporting families, Neil Perry said: “With the public’s support, we could deliver: specialist support for teenage mums and young dads; welcoming settings where families make new friends; opportunities for parents to acquire new skills and qualifications; and wraparound care for those feeling overwhelmed.”

“We hope that people will support the appeal, and consider making a donation to give families a better present for a brighter future.”

To donate to Romsey Mill’s Christmas Appeal – go to: 

our Just Giving Christmas Appeal page



Donate to our Christmas Appeal HERE