Just for KIC@X is a group of friends who annually raise money from clients, friends and family in time to purchase Christmas presents for Kids In Care @ Xmas. The group raise funds then personally go and buy the gifts, wrap them and deliver them to Social Services for delivery before the big day.
A gift of hope this Christmas
Keeping the magic of Christmas alive for disadvantaged and displaced children in and around Stockport is a passion for big-hearted Iain Evans.
It’d be fair to say the champion charity fundraiser from Bramhall ‘gets his kicks’ from delivering a gift of hope for hundreds of youngsters – kids who feel neglected and unloved – at what is supposed to be a special time of year.
The father-of-two young boys, Iain is the founder and inspiration behind Just for Kids in Care at Christmas (Just for KIC@X) – a charity to help children who find themselves between care and foster homes, or living in poverty at Christmastime.
He is on a mission to raise £20,000 to buy 1,000 presents for children who face waking up on Christmas morning...to nothing.
Iain said: “As a parent, I shudder to imagine the unbelievable sadness and sense of abandonment of a young child, if they were to feel unloved or uncared for on Christmas Day."
Working in tandem with local Social Services, who identify deserving children, the gifts symbolise beacons of hope for kids who feel detached from their families and friends.
If you wish to make a donation they can do so at www.justgiving.com/justforkicax OR making a cheque payable to Just for KIC@X and dropping it in at the Church Inn, Cheadle Hulme
This year’s fundraising activities included a gruelling 42-mile yomp last month, with Iain and five other walkers trekking from Chester to Cheadle Hulme at a rate of four-miles-per-hour, boosting this year’s charity pot to nearly £12,000.
At a strapping 6ft 4” tall and weighing in at 18 stone, Iain goes the metaphorical ‘extra mile’ for the cause, but the charity event caused him to faint and fellow walkers to suffer shin splints, blisters, bruising and even the loss of toe nails.
Now that’s dedication!
Since then the fundraising has kept on rocking with a charity Pop Quiz hosted by Key 103 radio presenter, Darren Proctor, at the Church Inn, Cheadle Hulme, bringing in a further £1,300.
Iain says Just for KIC@X need approximately another £5,000 to hit the magical £20k target.
A poster campaign now running around Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Poynton and Wilmslow, is designed to raise awareness and hopefully engender the ‘spirit of goodwill’… as well as a few thousand pounds in donations.
Iain added: “We set an ambitious target this year to ensure as many kids as possible are spared the depressing and crushing experience of feeling isolated."
“Please be assured, 100% of all donations go directly to buying Christmas presents – there are no administration costs at Just for KIC@X.”
The countdown is on as the clock ticks down to Christmas, but unlike Father Christmas himself who delivers everything on Christmas Eve night and the early hours of December 25th, Iain and the Just for KIC@X have to work ahead of schedule.
‘We’ve set ourselves a deadline of December 13th to physically go down to Toys R Us and buy all the presents. We then liaise with social services and they ensure the presents get to the most deserving kids on Christmas morning.”
As December gets underway and children start opening the doors on advent calendars, Just for KIC@X hope that kind-hearted souls will open their hearts and wallets to help less fortunate youngsters.
Just for KIC@X is now into its third year having raised £7,500 and £10,000 in 2012 and 2013, and Barclays Bank has given generously in 2014.
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