SEAFORD: Charity issues appeal for ‘survival’ donations

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A SEAFORD-BASED charity which supports the community is hoping for donations to ensure its survival.

Since it was established in 1999 Waves has helped families which are vulnerable. As well as providing a drop-in centre it also holds various fundraising events in the town.

The organisation, which has an office in Church Street, is managed by volunteers and has a part-time paid administrator and two part -time family workers who are assisted by unpaid helpers.

The various services it offers the community costs £5,000 a month and the charity is welcoming any offers of donations or anyone who wishes to volunteer to get in touch.

Richard Plowman, chairman of WAVES, said, “Like most local charities we are always in need of obtaining funds on a continuous basis in order to survive, and to continue to be able to offer help and support to families who are vulnerable in our local community.

“To help to raise the finance required we have a dedicated fund- raising committee that meets once every six weeks.

“It has arranged to run stalls at local fetes and schools, run a craft fair, painting exhibitions and concerts.

“Two members of the committee spend a large amount of their own time looking for organisations that might be willing to support us financially and then bidding for any potential funds by preparing grant application forms along with a case for WAVES.

“In the past this hard work has had its rewards with grants from the Co-op, Children in Need and Lloyds TSB. Now in this time of financial crisis this source of money is getting harder to obtain and it is more difficult for small local charities to be successful.”

WAVES also has a Listening Service and supports families in various situations such as illness, domestic abuse and stress.

Anyone who wants to help can contact Waves on 873797 or visit www.wavesseaford.org.uk