MGF Christmas Appeal: The Results

What an incredible month November 2017 was.

Not only did we have #knowvember, an entire month of over 20 face to face and online events, attended by over 6000 people, we also ran our Christmas campaign: Meet & Treat.

The idea is a simple one. Mums, dads and carers were invited to attend one of our pop-up events and spend some time with a pint of tea or Gin, hanging out, meeting new people and getting some fresh air (that’s the meet part). At the same time, they were invited to bring a gift for a mum or child who had survived domestic and/or sexual abuse via the incredible Her Centre in Greenwich (and that’s the treat part).

The Her Centre provides an absolutely vital service to women and children throughout the year and loves celebrating their successes through a winter party at Christmas time. However, this year, due to Government cuts, they were unable to provide gifts for the attendees. As soon as I heard about this travesty, I refused to allow such a thing in Gin territory and set about arranging a collection.

And what a lovely, lovely time we all had!

Yet again, I am blown away by the generosity of the amazing Gin Fund spirit (although I shouldn’t be really, I totally expected it!).

We collected literally hundreds of gifts (I didn’t count them but there were way too many to fit in a single photo) and I had the absolute pleasure of collecting them from Paul at St George’s MOT Centre and Jenni at Truly Splendid Vintage Tea Rooms and delivering them, with Ruth from Ruth Kudzi Coaching.

It was honestly one of my favourite days of the year. We delivered them to the CEO, Stacy Smith who was incredibly grateful on behalf of all the women and children who use their services.

I am so, so grateful to every person who donated a gift or attended one of our events. You really have made a tangible, genuine difference to the lives of women and children in our community.

Check out the video to see what happened on the day.