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Care for Christmas Appeal 2021

Care for Christmas Appeal 2021 - Freedom from Abuse

The Care for Christmas Appeal is collecting donations for women and children who have fled from domestic violence and are living in charity refuges in Kent. 

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Care for Christmas Appeal. Your donation will help us to support charities doing everything they can to help families escaping domestic abuse to rebuild their lives. 

So far the campaign has raised over £11,500. Before Christmas, we distributed various items including dog beds, food and toys to Dogs Trust Freedom Project and children's and women's clothes, toys and toiletries to an Oasis refuge and families supported by Rising Sun, as well as providing everything needed for Christmas dinner so that these families could enjoy the day as we all did. 

There is still time to make a difference. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so hereThe campaign will remain open until 31st January 2022.

Find out more about the campaign here.

Watch the appeal video


You can help by donating:

  • Gifts for women and children (these must be new and unwrapped)
  • Gift vouchers
  • Cash donations - DONATE ONLINE
  • Board games
  • Toiletries

See the full Christmas wish list here

You can drop off at these locations:

Donations will be shared with the charities below who provide assistance and shelter to victims of domestic violence in Kent:

Oasis logo


Oasis began with a group of dedicated volunteers back in 1994 and have been supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse ever since. When Oasis opened its doors in 1994, two women a week were being murdered as a result of domestic abuse. Sadly, this figure remains the same and their services are as vital as ever. Their mission is to increase safety for victims, rebuild lives and create lasting change, for women and children fleeing abuse, supporting them in refuge and on every step towards a safer future.

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Rising Sun Domestic Violence & Abuse Service

Rising Sun Domestic Violence & Abuse Service is a charity in Kent addressing domestic violence and providing services for children and families. Through their work they challenge attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate domestic violence and promote healthy and non abusive relationships. They have helped countless women and children over the years. The also have run a women’s refuge in Kent.  

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Dogs Trust logo

Dogs Trust Freedom Project – Canterbury Branch

Dogs Trust Freedom Project in Canterbury is a dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse and going into refuge. The service has been running for 16 years and has helped over 1,500 people to flee domestic abuse. Families fleeing domestic abuse are usually unable to take their pets with them into a refuge so in many cases they are unable to leave their home until they know there is somewhere safe for their pets. 

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NSPCC (DART) - Medway

Through Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART™), children and mothers can talk to each other about domestic abuse, learn to communicate and rebuild their relationship. Children and mothers work together and take part in group activities. Women learn more about how domestic abuse happens and how it affects children. They’ll also explore experiences and strategies that can be used as a parent. Children take part in activities together that help them build their own understanding of domestic abuse and how they’re feeling.

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Donations could be used to buy:

  • £15 could pay for a set of pyjamas and underwear for a child who has fled violence

  • £20 can buy a set of plates, bowls etc, for a young mum moving in/out of sheltered accommodation
  • £30 could provide an hour of counselling for a child or mother to help deal with their trauma
  • £50 can buy arts and crafts needed for one of our children’s recovery programmes or a kitchen starter kit for a family resettling from refuge
  • £100 can fund a fun day out for children and young people who have lived with domestic abuse or a pre-loved bed and new mattress for a client resettling
  • £150 could pay for 10 hours of counselling to help someone recover from the trauma they’ve experienced

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

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