Plymouth is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the UK; behind the scenes however there is a sad reality which casts a dark shadow over Britain’s Ocean City. In 2013 the overall child poverty statistics in Plymouth put the city higher than both the regional and national average; this led to the new child poverty strategy. The action plan is being implemented by Plymouth City Council in a bid to bring the situation under control and improve the quality of life for those affected.
In response to the crisis, the Plymouth Drake Foundation is launching their crowdfunding campaign that will not only raise awareness of the challenges of child poverty in the City, but also will raise funds to tackle the problem head on. Speaking at the filming of their crowdfunder, Paul Read, Chief Executive of Plymouth Drake Foundation conveyed the harrowing needs within the City. “We believe that it is an unacceptable reality that children in our own City are struggling with the challenges of poverty” stated Mr Read.
“We have launched the Plymouth Impact Fund to tackle this problem, our focus is simple, to help children and young people to experience an improvement in their lives free from poverty; we also want young people in the city to realise their potential to do remarkable things”.
Father Sam Philpot, Parish Priest and advocate for those in poverty in the City echoed the comments made by Mr Read. “We must raise the ambition level for children, many people in Plymouth don’t realise the challenges that exist today for many young people in this area, and it is time that it was changed for good”.
“I want to encourage everyone to give generously to this campaign, every gift will lead to a change in someone’s life” said Rev Philpot.
The crowdfunder campaign, supported by the Plymouth Area Business Council will have an initial goal of raising £10,000 support that will be distributed to organisations on the front lines of Plymouth. Mr Arthur Ainslie, Chairman of the board of trustees for the Plymouth Drake Foundation sees the campaign as an essential part of contribution towards the goals of seeing child poverty become a thing of the past in Plymouth.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of the Plymouth Area Business Council in raising awareness of our crowdfunder; we believe that this fund will provide much needed support to the community and we strongly encourage both the business community and private supporters to stand with us and give generously as we address these issues” said Mr Ainslie.
The crowdfunder is now live and those wishing to support can contact Plymouth Drake Foundation via the dedicated fundraising page: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/plymouth-child-poverty.
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