"Building of confidence"

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Please read this appeal letter from our group leader

Dear Parents and Supporters,

Sunderland Gateway/Wear Mencap is a charity that relies upon the generosity of people, companies and groups who are willing to fundraise on our behalf, as well as organisations that are willing to sponsor or give funding to us. Many of those working and volunteering are people who are carers themselves or have a disability and have had experience of the difficulties that parent of children with a disability face, especially financially, and are deeply invested in this cause.

We try as much as possible to respond to need and we never turn anyone away on the basis of finance, however this puts a lot of pressure on the group to find funding to support our activities. To ensure that we can run holiday care and schemes, family days in every school holiday and to run our small step approach into work and training for our young people we need your backing.

This is a plea for help. We know at this time it is difficult for people to give money, but it is for that very reason we need your help to make so many families lives that little bit easier.

If you are not able to support us financially, you may know of others who are able. Do you know of people or groups who would be willing to fundraise for us? People who would be willing to ask employers to consider us as a charity of the year or sponsor us in some way? Schools that would be willing to take part in an event such as a none uniform day or to sell Christmas cards, or are you a member of a church who would be willing to help us raise money?

We can supply information about our groups and activities for any groups or individiuals who are willing to help in our fundraising, as well as recognising their generosity through participation certificates.

We are passionate about seeing the young people we work with reaching their potential and achieving incredible things. If you share this passion, we encourage you to support us in any way you can.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Fearn

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