We would like to say a very big thank you to all the volunteers at Westminster Befriend a Family.
This year you have pulled out all the stops to help lend your support to vulnerable families in need of practical support, some direction to get them started on their chosen path, and helpful advice. You have mentored disadvantaged children and young people helping them see that they too can have a good future ahead of them. And you’ve helped in our office to keep all the records and admin in order.
We hope you enjoyed the Christmas party laid on in your honour and the raffle prizes as a treat.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all and wishing you, and all our vulnerable families and young people a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.
There’s only one more day until Christmas, and there’s still time to take a few moments out of your day to tap into the spirit of goodwill and help families in need in Westminster.
All you need to do to to get involved is text ‘WBAF15’ and your donation amount in £’s (e.g. ‘WBAF15 £3’) to 70070. We are grateful for every donation, no matter the amount. 100% will be passed onto us by Vodafone and JustTextGiving, and enable us to carry on supporting local families in poverty over the coming year. We’re running this campaign throughout December, so you can donate after Christmas as well.
Thanks to the kindness and enthusiasm of those in the Westminster community – including our local schools and venues who collaborated to bring us four wonderful Christmas Carol concerts (read about this on our blog here) – and the valuable efforts of our volunteers who donated their time to be bucket collectors and to spread the word about our text campaign, lots of people have so far donated a smile and, most importantly, practical aid to the disadvantaged children of Westminster and their families.
We strongly believe that we can do much more, but in order to do so we need your help. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you will always be up to date, share our initiatives and projects with your friends and family, or help us by donating. Even the smallest amount makes a difference and can mean that a family in need gets the help they deserve Join us in the coming year to help improve local children’s lives and give them a chance at a brighter future.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from everyone at WBAF!
Volunteer collector Hardip, and WBAF’s Fundraiser Chris
This year, Westminster schools once again donated their time to share some festive spirit and raise some funds for Westminster Befriend A Family by holding carol performances in some great locations in Westminster. Our four schools – including St Mary Magdalene Primary, Westminster Cathedral School, Burdett-Coutts School and King Solomon Academy – did an incredible job, raising a total of £1,139.89 for WBAF!
Our first event was in Green Park station on a beautiful sunny day. The children of St Mary Magdalene School, led by choir master Stuart, did an amazing job of engaging the busy lunchtime passers-by.
Land Securities generously allowed us to use Cardinal Place to collect with Westminster Cathedral School on the 10th, as well as Burdett-Coutts School on the 15th, and provided drinks and nibbles for the children. Westminster Cathedral School sang a lovely combination of hymns and carols, and Burdett-Coutts performed a great version of ‘The 12 days of Christmas’, including their own pictures to illustrate each day.
Our last event, in Paddington Station, was led by 20 children from King Solomon Academy. The children sang classic carols and modern Christmas songs, and got plenty of applause from the crowd!
Maggie and Hardip, both from Sir Robert McAlpine, also kindly volunteered their time as collectors in Cardinal Place, and did an amazing job of raising donations!
A very deep thank you to all of our schools, venues and volunteers who collaborated to raise money for us this Christmas. It will be a long time before we get Rudolph ‘The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ out of our heads.