Burnham-on-Sea charity handed funds from national organisation looking to ‘inspire’

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 April 2017

© Tim Mossford/ UNP 0845 600 7737  Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund winner, Hands of Change, The Bay Centre, Burnham-on -Sea. Jacey Williams,Kat Barrett and Leila Browning.

© Tim Mossford/ UNP 0845 600 7737 Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund winner, Hands of Change, The Bay Centre, Burnham-on -Sea. Jacey Williams,Kat Barrett and Leila Browning.

© Tim Mossford/ UNP 0845 600 7737

A charitable mum and daughter who launched their own community charity to help combat isolation have received a much-needed financial boost.

Kay Barrett, from Burnham, launched the charity Hands Of Change back in January 2016 alongside her daughter.

During the Christmas period in 2015, the pair decided to donate goods to the homeless but felt they could do even more to help people in need.

Hands Of Change is now an established charity which not only helps the homeless but has also launched community groups across Burnham. These include a social mixer for people with Asperger’s syndrome and autism, as well as creative art classes.

There is also a drop-in session which aims to help people who feel isolated within their community.

The Galaxy hot chocolate fund chooses worthy causes to receive monetary donations towards their charity and Hands Of Change has received £300.

Kay said: “This donation means that we can now put money towards room hire costs for the pop-up and drop-in group. This is our biggest overhead when organising the sessions.

“We have had some amazing feedback about the groups and having a regular base for these social meetings will definitely help the community.”

A spokesman for the Galaxy hot chocolate fund said the aim of their donations is to help smaller charities and community groups continue to do positive work.

They said: “From our research, we know that across the UK and Ireland smaller charities and community groups are struggling to make ends meet despite the efforts of a huge number of warm-hearted volunteers.

“The Galaxy hot chocolate fund aims to give them a helping hand and hopefully inspire more people to get involved with local charities.”


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