Church gives mum’s charity a boost

St Peter's Church in Ightham have given a boost to young mums in Kent by donating £2,000 to The Princess Project.

The Princess Project is a Christian charity, based in Maidstone, that has a vision to love, support and encourage mothers by supporting vulnerable mums in the community. As part of the Diocese’s Hope 2018 campaign they recently launched in Medway.

The Revd Tim Hatwell, Rector of St Peter's Church said:

“Each year St Peter's Ightham give away a percentage of their income to Christian charities, both local and abroad. We decided to give to the Princess Project because it was a local initiative in both Maidstone and Medway, and we already have contact with the Project through a couple of our church members.

“We are delighted to give to and be a partner in this important work with mothers who need extra support. We will also be playing our part through prayer and in practical ways.

Emma Tanner CEO of the Princess Project said that they were delighted to receive the donation and to have been made one of St. Peter’s charity partners:

“As a small local charity, donations such as this one makes a real difference to us. It will pay for our community support worker to work one day a week in the Medway towns for a whole year, meeting with vulnerable mums as well as with our partner organisations and volunteers, and collecting and delivering donations of baby goods.

“We hope that this partnership will be mutually beneficial as members of St Peter's see what a difference their support is making to vulnerable mums and their families in the diocese, and that we will be able to continue to work together going forwards. Thank you so much!"

Archdeacon of Tonbridge the Ven Julie Conalty echoed Emma’s delight: ‘I am thrilled that a church in Tonbridge archdeaconry is supporting this Medway project - it is great to see churches working together like this across our Diocese.’

Caroline Clarke, Diocesan community engagement and social action advisor said: 'It’s exciting seeing how quickly the statutory agencies have engaged with the ethos and work of the Princess Project across the Medway Towns.  Emma is gathering referrals and training more Befrienders. We are so grateful to St Peter's for partnering with their work and sharing their resources to enable support for more guests.’ 

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