MGF Christmas Gift Appeal – WE NEED YOU PLEASE!

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As part of #KNOWvember – a whole month of face to face meet ups to encourage friendship and reduce isolation – we are delighted to launch our ** MGF Christmas Gift Appeal **

For the third year running, we are collecting gifs for families in need and for the second time, we are thrilled to be collecting UNWRAPPED NEW presents for women and children escaping domestic and sexual violence in South East London.

The gifts will be collected and donated to The Her Centre, Woolwich for their Christmas party. We can’t think of a better way to prove our #nomumleftbehind mission.

Deadline for delivering gifts is Monday December 3rd 2018.

Update: there is now an option to post gifts if you can’t deliver them in person:

Send your UNWRAPPED gift to:

MGF Christmas Appeal
c/o St Georges MOT Test Centre,
10 George Lane,
SE13 6HH

(Last year, lots of people ordered gifts online and had them delivered directly to Paul). The fab Paul Drake will collect them up and deliver them on our behalf.

Any gift of any size aimed at babies right through to adult women would be very much appreciated.

DROP OFF POINTS:

  • St Georges MOT Centre, 8-10 George Lane, Lewisham (down the bottom of George Lane, near the hospital) – Opening times: Mon – Fri 9-5
  • Under 1 Roof, Unit 9, The IO Centre, Skeffington Street,
    Royal Arsenal Riverside, London, SE18 6SR – Opening times: WEEKDAYS 9AM-4PM/ WEEKENDS 9AM-5PM
  • Any Sing-Along-Sally class
  • The Bridge, East Greenwich Pleasaunce, Chevening Rd, London SE10 0LB

YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME TO BRING A GIFT TO ANY OF OUR #KNOWVEMBER EVENTS OR THE CLOTHES SWAP PARTY.

ABOUT THE HER CENTRE:

The Her Centre is a local women’s advice and support agency whose ultimate aim is to eradicate violence against women and girls.
We are a woman-focused, women-led organisation. We believe that domestic and sexual abuse must be tackled by empowering women and acknowledging social inequality that perpetuates and legitimises violence. We are resilient and inspire resilience in the families we support.
We:
– engage, enable and empower women to move themselves and their children away from abuse by providing practical and legal advice through our Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy team.
– support women and their children to move forward with their lives by offering training and group activities including individual and group counselling, confidence building, English language courses and parenting courses.
– promote women’s equalities through consultations and awareness sessions to women’s groups, and run open events on key issues affecting women.
– run interactive sessions in schools educating young people about consent, abuse and social media.
– train local businesses, bars and clubs on ways they can safeguard women in and around their venues and support them to secure and retain accreditations.
Our service has been open in Greenwich for 30 years and more recently we have expanded to provide a young person’s service in Bexley, and support to victims of sexual abuse in Lewisham.
For more details: http://www.hercentre.org
Click below to see how generous everyone was last year, we’d love to do the same again.

ABOUT THE GIFTS:

  • New gifts only please
  • No minimum spend – a bar of chocolate or a £10 gift set are both equally welcome (max £15 per gift please)
  • Please DO NOT WRAP your gift
  • No cash please
  • Nothing that requires batteries or other replaceable parts please

SUGGESTED GIFTS:

Babies:

Warm hat and mittens

Rattle

Socks

Teddy

Blanket

Baby sleeping bag

Baby book

Children:

Cars

Football (bear in mind there may be limited access to outdoor space)

White board and marker pens

Pretend food / pots / pans

Fancy dress such as Drs kit or similar

Warm hat, scarf and gloves

Teddy

Jigsaw

Book

Colouring pencils and colouring book (with a pencil sharpener)

Chocolates

Fun / appropriate toiletries like sparkly soap (bear in mind that the family may have no access to a bath / shower)

Lego / mega blocks

Train

Torch

Craft kit

Keyring

Rucksack

Adult female:

Toiletries

Hat / scarf / gloves

Warm socks

Food selection box: posh biscuits, nice tea, chocolate, cake, etc.

More basic food hamper including staple foods such as pasta, tinned fruit / veg, herbs and spices, etc.

Rucksack

Blanket

Vouchers for shops that sell food and clothes. Tesco would be ideal, but M&S, Sainsbury’s etc. would be great too.

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Founder of MGF, Helen is a mum of four who spends way too much time on the interweb and not enough time in bed. She loves wearing her dressing gown, car boot sales and watching TV programmes featuring food. Her specialist subjects include 'how to overfill your car boot' and 'how to avoid dusting'. Follow her at Twitter: @Ginfund, Facebook: @MGFund, Instagram: @mummysginfund and online: www.mummysginfund.co.uk.

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