LETTER: Children seek a better life

For more than 50 years I have been trying to raise funds for the children’s charity Action for Children through various events like walks, concerts, quizzes and coffee mornings. In 2010 I was presented with the Stephenson Award in recognition of fundraising efforts over the years.

Action for Children was founded in 1869 when a Methodist Minister, the Rev Thomas Stephenson, was appalled at the number of neglected children living rough on the streets of London, abandoned by their parents, and sleeping at night under Waterloo Bridge. With the help of two friends they acquired a vacant stable block on the outskirts of London and converted it into accommodation for two dozen youngsters to sleep. With the demand increasing, the Methodist Church built a purpose built home where they could stay, be fed proper meals rather than scrounging through dustbins for food, be bathed and have their clothes washed.

Following on, further homes were opened as well as schools to provide an education to the children who couldn’t read or write.

Today, the charity is working locally with children who have been abused physically and mentally, or whose parents are unable to give them the love and care they need due to a large number of children in the family, and both parents working full time for low wages, and unable to devote the time needed for the children.

On Saturday, June 27, a coffee morning is being held in the Greenfield Methodist Church, Green Street, from 10am, with various stalls and a raffle. I am trying to arrange a buggy sponsored walk from the Pier to Princes Park on Saturday, July 11. If an older person would like to take part with their scooter they would be welcome, providing they obtain sponsorship.

For details, contact me on 01323 737853.

Peter Barker

Windermere Crescent

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