Fife Gingerbread Heat & Eat Campaign Update and Future Challenge

19th January 2022

Fife Gingerbread were overwhelmed with the response from Fifers to our annual appeal from communities, individuals and businesses all over Fife- a massive Gingey hug to you all!!

Smashing our target to raise £33,143 is incredible, and even more so considering the uncertainty that we faced at the end of the year.

Donations of toys, warm clothing and beautiful knitting was also lovely to receive, and we were able to work with other local charities to share donations for their Christmas appeals.

The money raised through our Annual Appeal not only gave our most vulnerable families a safe and warm Christmas, it will ensure that our staff and volunteers can provide support throughout the year to provide safe, warm and healthy homes for parents, children and young people.

We are already seeing the impact of soaring energy costs, the increasing cost of living and job insecurity on families. Every penny raised will support families through financial assistance, food packages, groups to tackle isolation and holiday provision.

As we recover from the pandemic we are committed to continuing to raise awareness of the issues affecting lone parents and families in need – the inequalities that their children and young people face have been exacerbated through the pandemic. Last year we commissioned research which The Collective Scotland conducted on our behalf and have published this on our website.

In 2022, we are looking at the sadly familiar pattern of children living in poverty in Fife, elements of which we will be covering on our website in the weeks to come. Our Support Workers are working with parents to empower them to ensure that children have a brighter future. With the success of the appeal, we really feel we have the community right behind us and can’t wait to work with them in the months to come.

Laura Millar, Strategic Manager, Fife Gingerbread commented: “The response to our 2021 Heat & Eat Appeal was incredible. The generosity of individuals, community groups and businesses was overwhelming. The money raised provided festive packages to families who needed it, making sure that children and young people had safe warm happy Christmases. The money raised will be used all year round to support vulnerable families in Fife, and as the cost of living increases and energy costs continue to soar we know it’s going to be needed more than ever. The money will allow us to provide crisis support where needed, and also contribute to running tea time clubs, groups, holiday provision and much more. The demand for support for lone parents and families in need continues, and the funds raised enable us to provide a high quality service to empower families and create better todays and brighter tomorrows for children in Fife.”

Linsey Proctor, Fife Gingerbread, added: ‘The amount raised really is phenomenal – this year really blew us away! It’s not only the amount raised, it’s the real and sincere interest people have in the work of our Support Staff and the help they offer to the families they work with ,I have never felt so proud to be a Fifer!’

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