Love Kingston launched

Love Kingston, a new and exciting fundraising campaign for the borough, launched on 4 October at John Lewis.  

Kinston Voluntary Action's campaign is delivered in partnership with The London Community Foundation, as part of its Transforming Kingston's Infrastructure project. Our charitable venture will seek to raise vital new funds for the local voluntary and community sector.

Half of donations received by Love Kingston will specifically support five local groups working on a common theme of Pathways out of Poverty. We are delighted to announce that the five organisations to receive funding are Hestia, Kingston Foodbank, Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness, Oxygen and Kingston Savers.

The other half of donations secured will help to build a Legacy Fund for Kingston, supporting local groups long into the future. Until March 31st 2015 we will be able to boost all donations to this Fund by 50% under the government’s Community First programme. A total of £128,702 is available to Kingston for match funding. Donations are invested as part of an endowed fund and the annual income will be used to support charitable activity year on year.

Individuals, businesses and groups are being invited to donate to the campaign, which is an opportunity for donors to maximise the impact of each donation and invest in a long term strategy for change. Visit the Love Kingston website to make secure on-line donations or to set up regular giving. Pledges of support have been received from John Lewis, Bentalls, Sainsburys, Kingston Guardian, Surrey Comet, and many more….

Fundraising Manager, Elaine Miller said “We are delighted to announce Edward Bentall & Cllr. Shiraz Mirza as Founding Patrons of Love Kingston. It is evident that this is a wonderful, caring community. 2012 has been an amazing year for the Royal Borough of Kingston. We came together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, host the Torch Relay, Olympic and Paralympic events. Love Kingston is looking to build on this legacy and ‘feel good factor’.

There are several pockets of deprivation in the borough – in some areas 2% of the wealthiest in the UK are living side by side with 2% of the poorest. Many residents are feeling the impact from the current economic downturn and recent austerity measures. Love Kingston projects provide a safety net for many families and individuals that are in crisis, whilst the Kingston Legacy Fund will continue to grow and support the changing needs of our community long into the future. We want everyone to embrace Love Kingston and support the campaign".

Love Kingston is funded by the Big Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society (Cabinet Office).

For more information email Elaine Miller, Fundraising Manager or telephone 020 8255 3335.


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