As the year closed, so did the funds for The Dignity Project. We had exhausted the pot. So many referrals were made throughout the year from Wiltshire Council and Storehouse Foodbank. However, just before Christmas in December we received the news that we had sealed a Lottery Funding donation of £10,000. This set us up again, ready for the New Year and we are looking forward to supporting families facing crisis in their lives throughout 2022.
During 2021 we have supplied a significant amount of brand new white goods to families living in the local communities within Wiltshire. Through our supplier Household Economy, Trowbridge we have been able to supply 26 electric cookers, 18 washing machines and 13 Fridge Freezers. Supporting these families during the most difficult times has been a privilege for us as a charity but we also know the impact that it has on someone’s mental health, as well as physical health.
As we were able to celebrate the Lottery fund, one young lady was also able to celebrate. This lady was referred to us just before Christmas Day as she had a severe crisis in her life. On Christmas Eve, she had a brand new Fridge/Freezer delivered and fitted and Christmas began to look a little brighter for her. Read what she has to say:
Dear Val, (Dignity)
I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for all the help and support you gave me and my young son to get us settled into our new home.
After such an horrendous time, I have regained faith in humanity especially following the kind gesture of buying me a fridge freezer – for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you so much for making an empty shell begin to look like a home, each little thing made a huge difference to us, even the bedding, food and Christmas presents that were donated and sort by the TSO from Wiltshire Council.
In the absence of family, you made me feel I was not alone. Such a daunting prospect became a positive experience, and it was all down to you and the help of others.
I left a situation where my son and myself were not safe. I moved into my home with no money and nothing for Christmas for my son. 2 days before Christmas I had food, presents, something to cook on, kitchen utensils and on Christmas Eve a delivery of the fridge freezer.
The process seemed very daunting but with yourself and the help of TSO, i now feel I have the prospect of a safe and happy future.
I really don’t know how you do it. Without charities like yours many feel they are alone and then you come along like a fairy godmother.
Once again thank you so much, no words can express how grateful myself and my little boy are.
Our thanks go to the Lottery Fund who without, Dignity would not be able to support local UK families.
If you would like to consider supporting this valuable project by donation or fundraising, then please take a browse at our page The Dignity Project