Rendall seeks to raise more money for charity KidsOut
- Credit: Lee Rendall
Clevedon Town first-team coach Lee Rendall is out to collect in his second year of collecting money for charity KidsOut.
Rendall started collecting last year, with the company Suez, by placing gift tags on the reception Christmas tree with children's names and ages followed by what they would like as a gift at Christmas as they won't get anything.
“I began reaching out to friends along with my wife Eve, we managed to collect and donate over £1,000 worth of toys last year and I would love to at least match that this year,” said Rendall.
“I’m sharing across all my social media pages and calling on the generosity of my friends and family who are all amazing and have already started donating extremely generously.
“No child should go without opening a present on Christmas Day and I’d like to continue this now every year, as it gives a sense of satisfaction that the smallest of sacrifices I can give would mean so much to a young child and give them something to smile about at what is supposed to be the most happy time of year.”
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The charity, KidsOut, aim is to give disadvantaged children positive experiences to support them becoming future members of both our society and workforce.
More than 20,000 children flee domestic abuse to seek sanctuary in refuge each year, with some having experienced physical, emotional and even sexual abuse.
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In conjunction with Women’s Aid, the charity works to remind these children and thousands of others living with disadvantages what it is like to just have fun.
And after a successful first year, Rendall was hooked to help and do more for the charity from the very first day.
“From the moment I read the first gift tag from Ayla aged 18 months requesting a Disney toy I was pulled in to this,” he added.
“Having kids myself kind of made me feel slightly guilty at what we get for ours and what very little would put a smile on their face even if just for a moment so I have committed to doing this every year.
“It gives myself and my wife some peace of mind that we have put smiles on faces of innocent under privileged youngsters that are not as lucky as my own children.”
To donate please get in touch with Rendall on his email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the website https://www.kidsout.org.uk/how-companies-can-help/giving-tree/