One of the borough’s longest established groups representing a national charity is celebrating its golden anniversary next year and as part of that commemoration is looking to young people for their support.
Sutton and district Save the Children was formed by a group of keen young volunteers on 15th May 1967 in Wallington Town Hall with the then Mayor presiding over the inaugural meeting.
Next year plans are well advanced for events such as:
- A reception for present and past volunteers and friends of the branch,
- A Youth T20 cricket match
- An open day at the shop combined with participating in the famous Cheam Charter Fair.
- Several local schools have offered practical support within their 2016/2017 charities of the year schemes including, Sutton Grammar School and Cheam High.
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Chairman of the branch Ray Kasey believes that the charity is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago and believes that the young people of the borough can help to fulfill its many commitments around the world.
“Today, Save the Children has about 70 volunteers working to raise funds and provide awareness publicity for Save the Children who are working in more than 120 countries including the United. Together we are saving children’s lives, fighting for their rights and helping them fulfil their potential.
“Current field work includes dangerous efforts in and around the Syrian border where recent pictures in the media have shown a little boy sitting in the back of an ambulance wondering what is going to happen to him, where is he going etc etc happily in such circumstances our staff are usually able provide safe places for temporary living. In the UK much of the charity’s work is advocacy speaking up for children who are severely disadvantaged,” he said.
“It is our hope that among the many events planned we can get the support of the borough’s schools and colleges to not only help us to raise much needed funds but to increase awareness.”