Normally, Forward Facing run special events for families with ill or disabled children, where families can have fun but also meet up with others in similar situations.
However, with coronavirus and the lockdown many of these families found themselves needing to shield, often without the support they usually receive day to day, and the last thing any of us can do is get together.
Whilst prioritising social distancing to keep everyone safe, we want to show our families we are still here for them. We have been gathering together what we can from donations and put together some care parcels for our families. We have been delivering them to doorsteps with a volunteer hula hoop entertainer to add a bit of fun and sparkle and the feedback has been fantastic.
That is why we are asking for your support. We want to develop and grow our parcels of support, we want to show these families that whilst we can't hold our social get togethers, we are still here. So, whether a takeaway and flowers for a date night for exhausted parents, a hamper full of groceries, or sensory toys for children unable to go school or their usual support, we want to provide care parcels of help and support for families effected more than most from this pandemic.
Even as lockdown has eased for many, these families will continue to need to be cautious. Please help us show them that we are still here and even though we can't give them the special days we normally do, we can still provide them with some fun, some help and some treats.
A little bit about Forward Facing and What We Do:
Registered since 2011, Forward Facing is a charity that provides activities and events for families suffering long-term illness, disability and bereavement in the Sussex area. Our events come in all shapes and sizes. We put on small events that focus on individual families, medium size events for small groups and large events to which all our families are invited.
Our mission is to provide special, fun activities for the families we work with. We want the children to have special, unique experiences, where their confidence can grow, and where their carers & families can relax, meet others who understand their situation and most importantly where they can all make some really special memories together.
We listen to our families. We work with them to develop events so that they meet the specific needs of children dealing with serious issues. Our work is funded solely from donations and we work diligently to keep the funding coming in so that we can continue to support our families.
Forward Facing is a small charity, led by Candice Konig with support from the charity trustees, a small admin team and many volunteers, for whom we are truly grateful.