Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre
Mother and son’s Christmas toys appeal for domestic abuse victims
Businesses of all sizes and individuals came together to support an annual Christmas Toy Appeal organised by Sarah Voice, from Welshpool, a nurse from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and her son Harry, for Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre (MFCC).
More than 1,000 gifts were donated and have already been distributed to some of Montgomeryshire’s most vulnerable families.
One mother who received gifts and toys was extremely emotional but wanted to say how very grateful she was to everyone involved. She could not believe how generous people could be and how much the donation would improve their Christmas.
After such a horrible year, she said she could still give her son presents and the donation had given her hope that next year will be better.
Sarah and Harry thanked everyone who donated to the appeal. After such a difficult year, Sarah said community spirit was at its strongest and she and Harry were able to deliver the biggest toy donation to date.
Harry was double booked on the day the donation was delivered, as he was attending his school Christmas party. However, he enjoyed helping to sort the donations, knowing they would bring much joy to many families on Christmas Day.
Fleur Frantz-Morgans, MFCC’s community liaison officer, said: “These gifts have made such a difference to the people we support. Some are struggling to put food on the table and cannot afford toys.
“Thanks to the kindness of the people in our communities, some of the most vulnerable children and adults experiencing domestic abuse throughout North Powys will now be able to open presents on Christmas morning.
“We must thank everyone who donated and acted as a collection point, and the amazing Sarah and Harry Voice who organise this annual appeal and made it such a success.”
Anyone experiencing domestic abuse, feeling worried about someone or seeking more information about MFCC’s services, should contact Tel: 01686 629114, email admin(at)familycrisis.co.uk or visit the website www.familycrisis.co.uk
MFCC, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, provides comprehensive services to those experiencing or affected by domestic abuse across North Powys, which covers the old county of Montgomeryshire.
The charity’s refuges provide emergency accommodation for both men and women, which are safe and supported environments, together with a wide range of outreach services.
To meet the growing demand for its services, MFCC desperately needs more money and the charity is turning to businesses and the community for support.
Sarah Voice and Fleur Frantz-Morgans with some of the donated toys.
For more information, please call Fleur Frantz-Morgans, MFCC’s community liaison officer, on Tel 01686 629114.