Anonymous donor steps in with £40,000 gift to save Sutton charity

Sutton Guardian: Home-Start staff Home-Start staff

An anonymous good Samaritan has stepped in with a £40,000 donation to keep a family support charity afloat.

Home-Start Sutton, which has supported struggling parents and their families since 1984, was left in financial difficulty after Sutton Council removed its funding last year.

But the charity, based in Stanley Road, Carshalton, was handed a lifeline when the anonymous benefactor made the donation last month.

Judith Armstrong, manager of Home-Start Sutton, said: "I was so surprised when I heard I had to ask for it to be repeated, I didn’t believe it .

"This is the only way we can thank the donor as we have no idea who they are or where they come from.

"So, to that kind and generous person, thank you - you have made an amazing difference."

Home-Start Sutton has supported over 3,000 families and 7,000 children since it started but it needs to find £65,000 every year to run the service. The charity survived through funding from a contract it had with the council but a change in council policy means that contract ended.

The donation means the charity is able to continue to work to secure its long-term future.
Ms Armstrong added: "Our volunteers visit families at home, giving them privacy and keeping their problems confidential. 

"They tailor make their practical and emotional help to each family’s needs. 

"But though they give their time for free, we do have small administrative costs - training them thoroughly, providing an office so we can take referrals from GPs, midwives, health visitors, social workers or from families themselves; supporting the volunteers, paying their travel expenses and making sure they have disclosure and barring service checks."

The charity is ,applying to trusts and foundations for longer-term funding as well as companies and other funders. If anyone can help with short term or long term donations, connections, or with fund-raising, please call 020 86476501 or text 'Text SSHS14' with the amount to 70070.

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7:29am Wed 12 Mar 14

Giles C says...

The council gives £70k to Chelsea and £ 210k to Crystal Palace but this worthwhile organisation has to depend on a one off benefactor...it's just not right.
The council would rather try and bribe the electorate ahead of an election with a one off £2mill programme of replanting trees, extra stret cleaners for 6 months etc..than do the right thing.
Roll on May when we can get rid of these muppets
The council gives £70k to Chelsea and £ 210k to Crystal Palace but this worthwhile organisation has to depend on a one off benefactor...it's just not right. The council would rather try and bribe the electorate ahead of an election with a one off £2mill programme of replanting trees, extra stret cleaners for 6 months etc..than do the right thing. Roll on May when we can get rid of these muppets Giles C
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7:57am Wed 12 Mar 14

LiberalsOut says...

Well said Giles
How many people are employed by the Council in the Climate change and Equality\Diversity industry?
That would free up a few hundred thousand £
After our 2 MP's voted for Clause 119 last night surely the Lib Dem reign here has to be over
Well said Giles How many people are employed by the Council in the Climate change and Equality\Diversity industry? That would free up a few hundred thousand £ After our 2 MP's voted for Clause 119 last night surely the Lib Dem reign here has to be over LiberalsOut
  • Score: 6

8:12am Wed 12 Mar 14

Giles C says...

Please watch this about what Paul BURSTOW did last night..
Surely the bloke is now toast..

C'mon Resident Tony can't you see the madness of what he did..
http://m.youtube.com
/watch?v=BE6EMG0FFdM
Please watch this about what Paul BURSTOW did last night.. Surely the bloke is now toast.. C'mon Resident Tony can't you see the madness of what he did.. http://m.youtube.com /watch?v=BE6EMG0FFdM Giles C
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