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The Budding Foundation

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

I've been a volunteer elf many times, helped score numerous fundraising quizzes, pushed an old lawnmower over the downs, wrapped Christmas presents and now help manage the charity's two websites and ten social media platforms. I feel proud to have been able to watch the charity grow from the ambitious idea my stepdad shared with me whilst we potted plants at his head gardener golf course job. Clive's realisation of that dream is due to his inspiring dedication and expertise. He has always recognised that people need opportunity and help to succeed and so The Budding Foundation was born. Closely followed by his evergreen Museum of Gardening. I do feel lucky to be able to help Clive achieve the charity's goals. It's also a happy coincidence that our hugely supportive partner, Tates, is headed up by a father and daughter team.

I was invited to become a trustee of the charity due to my work experience supporting families and young people. I am always humbled by their stories, incredible often unbelievable struggles that they endure and overcome. People that don't shout or complain because often they don't have a voice.

Often something small that many people would take for granted can make a huge difference to a family that have never had it or are struggling to afford it. A bed, train ticket, laptop, garden, day out, equipment, hot food to name just a few examples.

The Budding Foundation works with councils, schools, social, support and care workers to help those in need. These keyworkers need support, as well as our young people and families. Particularly in the difficult times we are currently faced with. Even before the pandemic, 4.3 million children were living in poverty in the UK, up 200,000 from the previous year – and up 500,000 over the past five years. That is 31% of children (Action For Children website figures). That's staggering. So if you can help in any way, please do, any small act of kindness can make a difference. Thank you ❤️

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Kate Angel Atkinson
Kate Angel Atkinson
21 ott 2022

We recently heard back from a student we supported by funding her dyslexia assessment.

She said: "This has enabled me to start my degree course in veterinary nursing with the support I need. Having this assessment was proof of my dyslexia. I have been awarded the Disabled Student Allowance student grant and now have software that helps me in my studies. This would not have been possible without the dyslexia assessment and I'm so appreciative. Thank you!"

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Kate Angel
Kate Angel
18 apr 2022

A recent example of a grant we provided to a family through the Family Support Work charity and some feedback:

"One of my families had their brand new washing machine delivered yesterday. She sent a photo of the washing machine all installed and ready to go. She wanted me to pass on her sincere gratitude to the foundation for enabling this to happen for her."

She says, "I’ve never had anything brand new before. I have been washing my clothes and my baby’s clothes in the bath for the past 6 months. I didn’t even think that I would ever be able to get a new machine, so just accepted that this was it for us. Thank you for making…

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