As most of you will know by now September has been full of surprises and shocks that we are all very glad to be coming out the other side of!
After our week off, we suffered flood damage due to blocked drains when the rain started on the 20th September. We had some amazing volunteers that stepped in to help us all day and late into the night bringing sandbags, protecting our stock and getting rid of the water.
It took 4 days but we eventually got the drains fixed, water cleaned out and all our electrical’s back into place. Not only did we lose some of our precious stock of nappies, wet wipes and toiletries donated by all our wonderful supporters but we have had to take up the flooring to clean up and make sure nothing was damaged underneath it.
To keep everyone updated: We have now started to get back to normal, things are starting to smell nicer and have dried out! We are still collecting up to Christmas but won’t be accepting anymore clothing donations as of now.
We had a visit from Granada ITV reports on Wednesday publicising the damage and shout out for help to get more lino put down. You can watch us here! After some amazing offers we have now new lino helped out by some of wonderful supporters.
As if that wasn’t busy enough for one month, we then had an amazing chat with Sister Talk Radio show if you haven’t already had a listen please click the link to here our Christmas plea.
That’s it for September- to keep you updated and aware of how much we value every single one of our supporters commitment and dedication to helping us we have had 246 visits this year so far. None of that we could have achieved without your help!
Our October collection is for any new womens pyjamas and dressing gowns. We will post a further update later on in the month. Visit our Facebook page for any questions!
To keep you all updated our next event is in TWO DAYS !!! If you haven’t already signed up to sleep out all the info you need is below to make sure you don’t miss any of our daytime acts. Not only will we have jam packed events there will also be delicious selection of food tantalising taste your buds.
For anyone that hasn’t donated yet here is our donation page! bt page
The Sizzle Sisters will be out serving their signature sizzlers for meat eaters or veggies with your choice of sweet chilli or lemon and honey sauce. There will be homemade vegan burgers on offer too!
ChouChoux will have all your sweet tooth needs. And we have prepared a mocktail stand, hot drinks and refreshments to keep everyone satisfied!
Our first opening act is the fun party covers band Late Last Night– a Manchester based band!
Next up are two equally amazing and talented singers Jordan Price- a relaxing acoustic fold music set. Followed by Rihannon Tweats- treating us to covers of pop and rock hits by strong women that inspire her!
Steph Lonsdale a Salford born feminist poet will be performing some of her own work inspiring us all!
Our last act of the evening is Felicity Goodman a gothic story teller bringing us some fab stories of Manchester to close of the events.
July 7th-8th will be our Sponsored Suffragette Sleep Out in aid of our foodbank. To allow all our wonderful volunteers to keep doing what they do to keep our foodbank open for women across Manchester to acess us in their time of need.
Saturday 7th July will be an evening of yummy food, music, poetry and a Gothic storyteller, followed by an evening sleeping out at the Catholic Chaplaincy, 335-337 Manchester Oxford Road, M13 9PG. Sunday morning we will provide breakfast for all our sleepers.
For those of you interested in coming to join us for the evening of activities tickets will be available on the door for £5, concession for £4.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in performing or entertaining as a children’s entertainer we are still looking for volunteers between 5.30pm and 8pm. Please contact us via email at email@example.com. Thank you
And for anyone who wants to sleep out with us, contact us for our registration form and any further information! Deadline to register for the sleepout is 20th June, spaces are limited so make sure you don’t leave it too late!
For those wishing to sponsor us please go to our bt fundraising event page (mydonate.bt.com/events/suffragettesleepout) You can set up your own fundraising page from it, or just donate to us directly.
Help us achieve our target and enjoy yourself at the same time!
If you haven’t already heard we will be hosting a coffee and cake morning on Saturday 19th May.
Our Annual Event, is a fantastic opportunity for all sponsors, amazing supporters to come and meet, find out a bit more about us and what we do here at Emmeline’s. There will be a chance for you to get know our other volunteers and of course some yummy wonderful cakes!
We will also be hosting a tombola and table top sale with the chance of a top secret celebrity visitor for a Saturday surprise. If you have any other questions or haven’t visited us before, please get in touch: via email, Facebook or you can call us.
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!
Saturday 7th-8th July is the scheduled date for our upcoming fundraising event.
Click here for our Facebook event
We will be hosting a sponsored sleep out this summer to help and raise money for our cause!
We’re planning a day full of activities and stalls, evening of entertainment and food along with great company. We are keen to have as many different stalls to help us with our fundraising so if you would be interested or know anyone that would love to help out with a stall send us a message.
Either through facebook or here on our website.
If you want to join us on this and would like to sleep out with us on Saturday night, we will be putting up a link towards our fundraising page that will let everyone’s individual sponsorship go towards our page. (more of this to follow!)
The start of January was the start of our big appeal this year. Our main aims for this year:
- To continue the hard work we are doing
- To develop a specific service for women and their babies
- To raise funds to prevent fuel poverty
- To provide bus fares for women who struggle to reach us for the everyday items they need
- To find a bigger building as we keep growing
- To find a celebrity ambassador
Please help us to make all this happen in any way you can. Any donation you can afford no matter how big or small will help us.
Your pledges will go towards helping our financial wishes.
- £250 covers 1 month’s rent
- £10 will cover the gas or electric bills for one woman for 1 week
- £4.50 will buy a day bus ticket for a woman who cant get to us to buy food for her family.
Some of the pledges we have already received
– to donate £5 a month instead of buying costa coffee.
-£1 for every book read in 2018
– to make a hat and scarf set once a month to help provide a woman or child with something warm next winter
All these pledges are amazing and we can’t wait to see what we achieve. If you want to add your pledge click on the link below for the event and add your pledge.
We have received some wonderful messages from our Christmas Hampers. With the help from everyone who donated to us, little or large we successfully managed another Christmas delivery to 73 women, 40 partners and 220 children! A huge thank you for everyone’s ongoing kindness. Here are some lovely, heartfelt messages from some of our service users, showing you how much your help is appreciated.
“I was dreading Christmas this year, struggling to make ends meet after a relationship break up I couldn’t see how it was possible to even have Christmas. But thanks to the wonderful women at Emmeline’s and all the kind and thoughtful people who donated, we could make Christmas happen. Everything was thought of, from the basics to the little treats that really make Christmas. New pyjamas, a bedtime story, everything was thought of. I left Emmeline’s with tears in my eyes, not just because of my situation but because of the kindness and love of the good women of Emmeline’s, and the thoughtfulness of those who donated. Thanks to you I could give my kids a lovely Christmas. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤ ”
“Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone for all their help and support over Christmas… my kids were over the moon with all their toys and enjoyed an early night in their New pjs on xmas eve and all our treat sweets…. we couldn’t have done it and enjoyed it with out all your help…. not only just for xmas but for all your help and support when ever it’s needed, we appreciate it more then you know “
“I would just like to say a massive thank you for the Christmas hamper I received for my family. Even though we don’t celebrate Christmas I always really worry at this time of year. Every year I always try to get them all something new so that when they return back to school they can say, just like their friends they too received new toys. With having five children its so difficult to do every year, especially as they’re getting… older. With the hampers I received from yourselves and your wonderful volunteers I was able to give my children the same as all their friends, which meant the immense pressure I always feel to provide them with the best of everything was lifted from me. Having the children off school for 2 weeks was a worry for me wondering how on earth I was going to occupy them but also feed them everyday a nutritional diet. The food hamper eased the pressure on us as a family and enabled us to relax and just enjoy the time we had together over the holiday. So thanky ou sincerely for the support you all give and we would not be able to manage with out it.”
We have already received so many amazing gifts but we are still collecting for our fresh donations.
Christmas is on the way. Please give generously. Click here to donate
Imagine living in refuge with little money to support your family.
Imagine with 3 children your benefits are cut and Christmas is on the way.
Imagine having to flee your home late at night with only the clothes on your back and Christmas is coming.
Imagine having to choose between Christmas toys for your children and heating the house for more than an hour a day.
This is reality for so many women we support at Emmeline’s Pantry. Christmas is not a happy time for many vulnerable women and their families but we can help make this time of year a little easier with your help.
Last December we supported 135 women and 197 children. We could not have done this without the generous donations and fundraising activities by our supporters. This year we need your help!
Since January our numbers have increased and we are worried we won’t be able to support our service users. Every donation you make will provide a woman, a child, a teenager or a family with a Christmas treat.
£10 will buy a pair of pajamas or a Christmas gift for a woman
£20 will buy a Christmas present for a child, young person or teenager
£20 will buy a three course Christmas Dinner for 4 people
£35 will buy a week’s worth of food for a family of 4
PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY
We have been so lucky this year to have been chosen by 52 Lives in their christmas project, setting up an Amazon Wish list (link here) and we have received some amazing presents. We have been absolutely overwhelmed with how generous everyone is. 52 Lives have a target of getting gifts for 1000 people and we have been lucky enough to be included as one of their chosen charities.
Just two days worth of deliveries here! Our ladies and children will be so excited.
A huge thank you to everyone at 52 Lives who has helped us in receiving these wonderful pressies. Follow the link to find out some more about 52 Lives and how you can help. video tells you some more about their amazing project!
Today is the launch of our December appeal which we will be working on for the next 3 months.
We are still collecting gifts for babies and teenagers please keep sharing, everything we have received so far has been great!
Whether it’s any gift sets you have to give away, chocolates, sweets and treats, or unused gifts and games for teenagers. We couldn’t do it without your help, support and incredible donations. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.