A group of 27 youngsters has received Christmas presents thanks to CRY Jersey and its successful Barclays Wealth Community Awards application while a further 30 of the island’s foster children have enjoyed another festive event, the annual Barclays Wealth Christmas Party.

CRY Jersey was amongst the winners of the 2010 Barclays Wealth Community Awards, which took place in November, securing funding of £1,000. The donation has enabled the charity to supply gifts to the youngsters of mothers of the Jersey Women’s Refuge. The presents were given to the children, who are aged between 19 months and 11 years, at a recent Christmas party organised by the Freedom Church.

Jane Allchin, administrator of CRY Jersey said ‘Receiving a gift has a major impact on the lives of these children, as many have mothers who are struggling financially. The party was a huge success with every one of the 27 children delighted with their gifts from Father Christmas. We are absolutely delighted that the £1,000 has been spent incredibly well and has really made a difference to these youngsters.’

CRY Jersey aims to rescue and restore young lives broken by poverty, oppression, exclusion and abuse, and supports projects worldwide. ‘CRY Jersey most often supports projects across the globe but this is the second year that we have been involved with the Jersey Women’s Refuge Christmas party which each year is organised by the Freedom Church. I am very grateful to Barclays Wealth for their donation – all donations, small or large amounts, really do make a significant difference to the beneficiaries of our charity.’

‘I am absolutely delighted that our donation has made such a difference to these young people,’ said Paul Savery, Managing Director, Barclays Wealth Intermediaries and International, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man. ‘Sometimes the smaller donations can make as significant a difference as the larger ones and this is just one great example of this. It is lovely to see the results of the 2010 Barclays Wealth Community Awards start to come to fruition and I look forward to further good reports from our other nine winners.’

CRY Jersey is a branch of CRY UK and has been in operation for over 12 years. The organisation has two charity shops at 42 and 38B New Street. The local group works very closely with CRY UK, visiting some of the projects with CRY UK teams and donating funds raised from both charity shops and from the fundraising events directly to CRY UK projects.

CRY’s vision for the future has come from a background of initiating, supporting and managing projects directed at children at risk. Early projects worked with children living on the streets and provided residential care for them. In recent years, CRY has successfully been providing funding for the on-going running costs of various programmes and also, when grants have been obtained, to make one-off donations to help projects usually with building renovation work, together with equipment and furniture.

The programmes range from working with street kids, children at risk, children’s homes, education, health promotion, agriculture, HIV/AIDS, day centres, drug rehab, family programmes, support for war orphans etc, and also in a variety of different nations.

Whilst there is still significant need in all of the countries which have CRY supported projects, many of these countries are now developing their own social care systems and the charity’s priority is to impact in those countries with the less developed systems and the greatest need. Alongside the direct care of children and their families recent experience has shown the benefits of providing finance to enable projects to set up programmes which will provide employment, income and self sufficiency. CRY’s objective will always be that of discouraging dependency on ‘western aid’ and in this context development of seed funding and business loans will be considered as preferred options before commitments to revenue funding.

This year CRY Jersey's main fundraising events have included a flag day, shaking tins on the streets of St Helier in July with the assistance of two opera singers; taking part in a sponsored walk; the summer fete in July at Reg's Garden, Badgers Holt, St Brelade at which there were bands to entertain attendees, teas and cakes, a barbeque, raffle, silent auction, plant and bric-a-brac stalls, tombola, bottle stall and games; talks at the Jersey College for Girls school and at various church groups and the Auction of Promises at the Town Hall which saw nearly 100 items raise £4,700! Currently CRY Jersey is holding a competition to design and decorate collecting boxes. Boxes can be collected from the CRY Jersey shop at 42 New Street and all entries must be received by Friday 14th January 2011.

The Barclays Wealth Community Awards are in their fourth year and continue to support projects that make a real difference to local people in a variety of ways. The annual Awards are open to registered charities that have representation in Jersey.

Nearly 50 charities submitted applications to the 2010 Awards, hoping to secure a share of the £25,000 Awards fund, which, on review of the applications, was increased to £37,812, as the judges agreed there were so many deserving projects. This year’s ten winners are Jersey/England Parent Support, Methodist Homes for the Aged (Jersey), Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, CRY Jersey, Teenage Cancer Trust, First Tower Community Association Youth Project, Ace of Clubs, Friends of Mont a l’Abbe School, Age Concern and Greyhound Rescue.

At a separate event which took place last week, Barclays Wealth staff also spread further Christmas cheer as the annual Barclays Wealth Christmas Party organised by Barclays Wealth staff on behalf of the Jersey Foster Carers Association took place on Sunday 12th December. The party is an important date for Barclays Wealth staff as they rally round to buy presents for the children. The event gives the children a chance to mix with others in similar circumstances.

Barclays Wealth has supported the Jersey Foster Carers Association for seven years. The Christmas party is funded by Barclays Wealth’s Employee Volunteering Scheme, through which staff can apply for grants for a variety of community projects which they wish to support.

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Issued by Lisa Gutcher, One Strategic, t: 01534 488899, m: 07700 703000, e: lisa@one-strategic.com

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