Sarah Voice and son Harry had the privilege of dropping off around 600 donated gifts to the Montgomery Family Crisis Centre last week.
Local resident and specialist nurse Sarah has been delivering gifts to the Centre for around 4 years, beginning with a personal donation and expanding into an annual Christmas collection. Each year the collection points have grown, and this year included The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Montgomery Church in Wales School, The Dragon Hotel Montgomery, Tesco Welshpool, The Talbot Berriew and Tesco Newtown, all of whom Sarah thanks for their support.
Sarah said, “Harry and I have thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Christmas collection for Montgomery Crisis Centre. For weeks we have collected donations from around the area ready for delivery. I felt extremely touched at everyone’s generosity and appreciated every single donation. This is a fine example of community spirit at its best.”
The collected items of new toys, toiletries and gift sets for children and adults were all checked by Sarah and 6-year-old Harry who added batteries etc. if needed, and worried about fitting everything in their car! They then delivered everything to Fleur Frantz-Morgans, the Centre’s community liaison officer. Fleur said, “We can’t thank Sarah and Harry enough for their amazing efforts. We would also like to thank and wish a very merry Christmas to all who kindly offered to act as a collection point, and of course everyone who gave so generously; all these wonderful gifts will make such a difference to local people facing difficult times this festive season.”
Sarah added, “I feel so lucky that I work with such generous people while my son grows up in such a caring, supporting community.”
Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre provides specialist support for men, women and their children who have experienced, been affected by or witnessed domestic abuse in North Powys. Jane Stephens, the Centre’s General Manager, said, “It is vitally important that anyone experiencing abuse knows where to turn to for help.”
MFCC service provision includes female and male safe houses where adults and their children can escape abusive relationships. MFCC also deliver outreach services for adults and children throughout North Powys. Support provision includes risk assessing, safety planning, group programmes, and 1-1 sessions giving survivors time to talk. MFCC also work closely with Welsh Women’s Aid delivering Ask Me Ambassador training to members of the local community; this also raises awareness of domestic abuse and creates safe environments so that survivors feel able to speak out.
If you would like more information on Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre’s services, Ask Me Ambassador training or if you would like to help MFCC support our local community by making a donation you can call on 01686 629114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Voice’s charitable efforts were also helped by the community’s generosity last year when she was able to fundraise enough funds to be able to purchase medical equipment for three families in need after completing a half marathon. She hopes to complete another fundraising event in May 2020 for families in need, when she competes in the Edinburgh Marathon.