Much of the support we provide comes during the approach to the Christmas period via our 'Christmas Fund'. This is highly publicised and our members submit hundreds of applications each year to us very often involving elderly or vulnerable crime victims. Beneficiaries receive either a hamper, or retail vouchers or sometimes both depending on the circumstances of the application. For some reason at Christmas time the old and vulnerable are often the targets of criminals. Our fund provides some assistance to them and some kindness when they are often traumatised and very upset.
During the approach to the 2015 Christmas period we received 177 applications, all of which were allocated a gift. The Charitable Trust paid out £8,625 in retail vouchers and 100 food hampers worth £65 each. Afterwards, the Federation received so many telephone calls and thankyou cards from grateful recipients, many of whom were elderly victims of crime who took the time to write saying it restored their faith in humanity.
We are extremely proud of the Charitable Trust and feel honoured to be able to offer some very disadvantaged people assistance, no matter how small, which makes a difference.