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ABS Anniversary Fund Series – June: Calderdale Lighthouse

Congratulations to Calderdale Lighthouse who are our June recipients of the ABS monthly anniversary fund!

The ABS Foundation and our charity partner, Community Foundation for Calderdale, will be supporting 12 different charities who deliver vital services in Calderdale. Every month, between May 2019 and April 2020 the ABS 19/20 Fund will make an award to one fantastic local charity.

Meet our new team-Toby

Pictured left to right: Lucy, Rhonda, Rebecca, Donna, Emma, Lisa, Diane, Margaret and Ruth.

Who Are They?

Founded in October 2018 over a pina colada, Diane Barker, Donna Williams and Emma Buxton created Calderdale Lighthouse. This voluntary led non-profit organisation act as a beacon supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged families in need of essentials throughout Calderdale.

Calderdale Lighthouse have already supported approximately 300 families and over 650 children and teenagers. They are continuing to grow, and we’re delighted to be able to support them.

What Do They Do?

Calderdale Lighthouse receive donations of items from the public such as: baby equipment and essentials, clothing for babies up to teens, bedding, toys, books, toiletries, prams, cots and high chairs.

The team distribute the items to families in need through a professional only referral system. Referrals come from agencies, midwives, health visitors, social workers, schools and food banks.

What Will They Do With The Donation?

The donation will fund their Family Packs project. Family packs will contain shower gel, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary pads and deodorant and will be distributed through primary schools in Calderdale.

Calderdale Lighthouse already provide essential packs for teenagers. They contain similar items and are distributed to secondary schools. The packs help reduce school absenteeism and bullying and thus far they have sent 300 packs out to schools since December!

Building A Future

Already outgrowing their home on Shay Lane in Halifax where they work in one small, cold unit. Quick expansion has meant they are on the look-out for a new residence, one which is much bigger and warmer in the winter. This also means they will be able to accept furniture donations with more allocated space. The team would also like to expand into Kirklees and Bradford as well purchase a van to transport donated kits instead of using volunteer cars.

Diane, founder of Calderdale Lighthouse comments, “We are shocked and saddened at the level of child poverty throughout Calderdale. Families without bedding, teens that don’t have a coat and children that are unable to go to school as they have either inappropriate or no footwear. These are some of the things we deal with on a weekly basis. The generosity from the people of Calderdale is overwhelming. Our unit is full to bursting with equipment and clothing that will change peoples lives. We couldn’t do what we do without them. Some items we do need to purchase however and the donation from ABS will help us kick-start our Family Pack project.”

Dave Lees, trustee of the ABS Foundation and director at ABS UK said of the recent donation, “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to support Calderdale Lighthouse with £950. Their efforts in helping vulnerable families throughout Calderdale really warms my heart and we can’t wait to see the impact the family packs will have to those in need across Calderdale.”

If you’re a charity in Calderdale and like what you see, check out our blog post introducing the fund and to find out how you can apply.

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