“For a while Mummy was lost, but Maureen, brought her back. She gave Mummy the strength to continue and provided a friendship that created happiness for all of us. It’s hard to convey the impact Maureen had on my family.”

Life is tough right now for families. But it’s even tougher for those facing difficult times. Thousands of children in homes across the UK will face a Christmas this year, with no Magical Moments to brighten their day.

But this is not just a Christmas story. Children who are deprived of magical Christmas moments also typically live without important everyday childhood moments. Moments that are essential for a child to grow, learn and explore – a giggle and a hug with mum, a hot family meal together, a bedtime story with dad. They’re the kind of moments that Maureen was able to help Nikita’s mum give her when she was little. And it’s still making a difference to her life all these years later. 

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Create a Magic Moment

Thanks to your donation, and the support of your colleagues at Sofology, we can give children special moments this Christmas and beyond. We want every child to have moments that light up their day. Moments that bring them and their parents closer together. Moments of love and joy.

But demand for our services has doubled in recent years. Local Home-Starts don’t have enough volunteers, or the resources to be able to recruit and train them.

By making a donation today, you will give a child in crisis a magical moment this Christmas.

Your donation will help us to recruit and train one of the additional 10,000 volunteers we desperately need, so that no family is ever turned away.

There’s no magic wand for issues like poverty, mental illness or grief. But by improving the family’s resilience, and the parent and child connection, Home-Start volunteers protect children from the long-lasting damage of adversity. We have 50 years’ worth of evidence to prove this works.

Your donation today will result in a small child experiencing moments of joy and connection. Your donation will become precious childhood memories that will last a lifetime. Please give whatever you can afford. It will be a gift that will last a lifetime.

You'll be supporting Home-Start UK’s life-changing work around the country. For every £1 you give to Home-Start UK:

  • 93p is spent directly on our charitable activities
  • 7p is invested to generate future income/fundraising

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