Newcastle-under-Lyme Alice Charity gets grant to help poor families

Donna and Emily - Family support directors

Donna Lea and Emily Mckinney, trustees and family support directors of the Alice Charity.

A charity based in Newcastle-under-Lyme that helps families in poverty has received a grant from the council.

The Alice Charity received £1,750, which it will now use to help up to 15 families.

The cash from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council will help buy carpets, washing machines and basic furniture for families living in poverty in the town.

The Alice Charity has four schemes which help people in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, ranging from helping new mothers struggling to young people under stress and helping children whose parents cannot provide appropriate living standards.

Becky Fairclough, the Alice Charity’s fundraising and marketing manager, said: “There are new born babies crawling round on bare floor boards and people don’t even have cookers. The families we help are often already involved with social services so we are their last chance for help.”

Michelle Vernall, 34, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, was helped by the Alice Charity.

She said: “Everything went wrong in one week for me last year – my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, my daughter was taken seriously ill and my son was diagnosed with autism.

“The charity didn’t only help build our new home through giving us a cooker, carpets and furniture, they also helped support me mentally.

“I gave up my job to support my family and the Alice Charity supported me and the family, I hope by volunteering with them I can give something back.”

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council received 12 other applications for a grant, but the local authority said it chose this charity because it was founded and run by local people who really seem to understand the situation of those in need.






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