Throughout the year charities and organisations providing support for various groups will ask for donations, whether financial or otherwise, using mainstream media campaigns, local newspapers or individuals undertaking activity on their behalf. Most of us at some point in the year will of course support where we can, and for various reasons.
Sometimes however it can be worth taking stock for a moment and looking a little closer to home when seeking to support a charity or organisation. Earlier this month, several of The Recruiter Group team attended a Charity Ball organized by the Bridge Innovation Centre in aid of PATCH (Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship), an event which ultimately raised in the region of £2,000.
PATCH provides support to anyone in financial hardship through the provision of food parcels and basic household items and clothing. Established some five years ago, the number of people the charity has helped annually continues to increase, and the range of people includes single people, and families. For the last three years, the team at PATCH have also organized a ‘Toy Appeal’ which has resulted in over 1,120 children throughout Pembrokeshire receiving gifts at Christmas when their families would otherwise have been unable to provide this. This year, in the fourth year of the appeal, the team anticipate providing gifts for somewhere in the region of 800 children.
The work undertaken by PATCH would not be possible without the continued support of local people and businesses. From cash donations, to donations of clothing, basic household items such as pots and pans, to non perishable foods, there are many ways in which to help PATCH help the broad range of people it does. PATCH co-ordinator Tracy Olin is continually amazed by the generosity of the local population, who regardless of the current financial climate, continue to provide donations of all kinds to help those who through no fault of their own find themselves in financial difficulty.
Whilst for some of us, Christmas can mean gritting our teeth and smiling whilst Great Aunt Mabel tells the same slightly ancient joke for the 15th time in a row, for others it can be an incredibly difficult time of year. This Christmas, when you’re preparing for your festivities, stocking up on treats and adding to the online shopping trolley as you purchase gifts for family and friends, adding an extra tin of beans, or a second packet of tea bags to your shop, or even a small gift, and then passing them on to PATCH, will make a massive difference to someone in our own county. Poverty and hardship do exist here, and in sufficiently high numbers to mean that PATCH provides a lifeline for many. The assumptions that many make about what poverty looks like, and what financial hardship means are frequently incorrect, and damaging, and organisations like PATCH are working very hard to change those views, and show what life is like for people affected by such difficulties.
The Recruiter Group team were delighted to be able to support the Charity Ball, and play a small part in contributing to the total raised on the evening. If you are able to help make a difference to a local family this Christmas please get involved with the Toy Appeal, or donate a few tins of food so that someone is able to eat this Christmas. Full details of how you can help, and where you can take your donations can be found on the PATCH website.