Every December the Kennington Association gives a groceries voucher to local families that need help. The families are chosen by local early years professionals including nursery staff and health visitors. We are not told who they are – hence Secret Santa.
We fundraise for the campaign every November and December and were thrilled in 2021 to be able to raise just over £6,000. This allowed us to give vouchers to 135 local families, the distribution of which was kindly organised by Nichole Hughes at Ethelred Nursery and Children's Centre.
Parents passed on their thanks, saying "this will really help". A member of staff at one the schools where vouchers were distributed said: "Thank you. We have got many families who need help during this time of year." Another said: "Thank you for thinking of us."
Thanks to everyone who donated directly to the campaign, and to the residents of Cleaver Square who collected for our campaign in lieu of their annual Christmas Carols event as well as the Heart of Kennington Residents Association for their generous collection too.