Charity milestone for‘little extras’care fund
A new charity has been established in Perth and Kinross for people aged 16-25 who have been looked after in the care system.
The #c200 Fund provides the little extras that, unlike most people, they cannot rely on family to provide.
It has already given out Christmas and birthday presents to hundreds of young people, for some of whom it was their only gift.
The #c200 Fund was started by a group of friends in May 2019, and has just been awarded charitable status.
This important milestone means the charity can encourage payroll giving, apply for certain types of funding, receive gift aid and be more ambitious in its approach to fundraising.
Founder and trustee Sandra Flanigan said: “This has been possible thanks to a growing number of supporters, offering not just financial support, but also their time, expertise and connections.
“We’re delighted to have been able to provide Christmas and birthday vouchers, as well as helping young people to get themselves something extra to help see them through lockdown – we’ve provided exercise equipment and art and drawing materials, amongst other things.
“In the longer term, the aim is create a sustainable fund which supports young people to follow their dreams.”
The name ‘the #c200 Fund’ stems from the fact that in Perth and Kinross, at any given point in time, there are around 200 young people moving out of care towards independent living.
For more information or to get involved email c200Fund@gmail.com or follow the charity on Twitter at @c200_Fund.