Rob Ainsworth, co-ordinator of The Besom in York, looks at how we have been able to use some financial gifts.
At the Besom we specialise in helping churches and Christians in York give what they have to those in need. A lot of the core team’s time is spent equipping individuals and families to give furniture and household items, or enabling church groups to complete time-giving projects.
This week we thought we’d highlight some examples of how and where money donated by givers in York has made a difference for those in need in the city.
- £50 bought a stroller-pram for a young mum and daughter struggling without one.
- £240 ordered three tonnes of blue slate chippings to cover the garden of a recipient who due to disability struggled to keep it on top of the weeds.
- £300 bought a new cooker for a grandma, mum and baby son in a specific neighbourhood in York.
- £202 meant that we were able to pay for a skip for an elderly man to clear his garden. A number of people had taken advantage of him and fly-tipped there.
- £165 installed two cookers for two families.
- £40 bought top soil to fill holes in a garden left by a gardener who took advantage of a mum and didn’t finish a job.
- £14.99 purchased a pair of anti-allergy pillows for a dad without any, £20 bought bedding to go with them. This combined well with a bed given and delivered to him.
- £160 bought a set of bunk beds for children in Clifton. (The price was discounted without our asking!)
- £110.31 meant we could order three mattresses for three cots to add to three bundles that were given out to new parents in the city.
- £69.99 was spent on a new microwave for a young family needing to sterilise bottles.