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12 Charity & Community Homeowners get moving for

children's charity A sales campaign by estate agents Michael Jones has raised £500 for the Camelia Botnar Children's Centre. Michael Jones collected the money by donating an amount for every instruction it received from homeowners putting their property up for sale through its five offices. The funds will go towards extending the centre's free pre-school care for children with special needs and from disadvantaged homes.

Michael Jones launched the campaign after choosing the centre ‘charity of the year’. Mike Jones visited the Centre to present their cheque to the charity director Michael Kay who said, “Currently the centre is open in term-time only so to provide care to more families that need it, we would like to open 50 weeks a year. Without any state funding we desperately need donations from companies and members of the public to achieve this goal”. The centre was opened in 1979 and was purpose built for pre-school children, from 1 month to 5 years, especially those with special needs. All services provided at the centre are free of charge. The Duchess of Norfolk will open the centre’s Christmas Fair on 2nd December.

Children Waiting for Adoption

and Fostering in West Sussex “I miscarried five times because of a genetic condition but I’m really glad I didn’t have a birth child because I wouldn’t now have Nial,” says Mary, 46, from Chichester. Currently there are 27 West Sussex children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. So far this year, 15 children have already been matched and adopted into local families. Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Peter Evans, said: “We really need more people from all walks of life to come forward to adopt these children who are waiting to become part of someone’s family. Mary says her advice to anyone considering becoming an adoptive parent is: “Do it, don’t hesitate. From starting the process to adopting Nial took only nine months and the bond between us is so strong. Our social worker was just fantastic and the home visits were a lot less intrusive than we imagined. We now have a loving, boisterous three year-old son who is very clingy because I know he’s frightened of being rejected. Friends have told me they’ve never seen me smile so much since adopting Nial; and it’s true. We are now going through the whole process again in the hope of adopting a little girl to add to our family.”


Entertainment includes carol singing from the children of nearby Goring First School and heaps of stalls and a raffle. Stalls available at £10 each if you wish to sell your products or exhibit your organisation. For more information or to make a donation 01903 504077

Be Santa for a Day The ever inventive people at St Barnabas invite the local communi ty, groups and businesses to wear a Santa Suit for a day on 16th December to help the charity. Everyone can join in, whether you are at home or at work - the more the merrier! Registration is just £10 per adult, and for this you will get a Santa Suit and a fundraising pack. Forms are available by emailing or download from the homepage on our website

In addition to this, W e s t S u s s e x also needs m o r e f o s t e r c a r e r s , especially those from di f ferent e t h n i c groups. This is because one in six children who have come into the Council’s care this year are from ethnic minorities. Crawley foster carer, Pray Molden says: “I think people do want to foster but are scared to do it. These informal drop-in sessions are just fantastic. They give people, who are thinking about fostering, the chance to talk to those who are already doing it so they know what is really involved.” West Sussex County Council makes sure a full package of training and support is provided to all its foster carers to meet the needs of the children and young people they care for. West Sussex County Adoption team on 01403 229553 Fostering Recruitment Team on 01403 229333

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