Becoming a ‘friend of TLC’

Launch of Together for Looked-after Children charity at the 1885 Building, Halifax.'MP Craig Whittaker (center) with trustees (from the left) Jane Moran, Cathy Gunningham, councillor Howard Blagborough, councillor Christine Beal, Catherine Kirk, Peter Sleigh and councillor Christine Bampton-Smith
Launch of Together for Looked-after Children charity at the 1885 Building, Halifax.'MP Craig Whittaker (center) with trustees (from the left) Jane Moran, Cathy Gunningham, councillor Howard Blagborough, councillor Christine Beal, Catherine Kirk, Peter Sleigh and councillor Christine Bampton-Smith

A CHARITY for looked-after children has launched a ‘friends’ scheme.

Together for Looked-after Children, the charity launched by Calder Valley’s MP Craig Whittaker, is inviting people to become a ‘Friend of TLC’.

The charity was established to help narrow the gap in educational attainment levels between children and young people in care and the general population.

Under the new scheme, which marks the charity’s first anniversary, regular donors will be able to join ‘Friends of TLC’. All friends will receive regular updates on the charity’s progress and special events as well as an exclusive metal lapin pin.

“We want to harness the interest we know exists amongst Calderdale residents to help our looked-after children who sadly so often get a bad start in life,” said Mr Whittaker. “This new ‘Friends of TLC’ scheme offers everyone a really practical way to be involved and make a real and lasting difference. As well as giving the charity a more secure and regular income, it means our supporters get the opportunity to lend a hand with TLC’s activities from time to time to suit any schedule and without commitment.

“Fund-raising has been very encouraging in our first year and the charity has already been able to facilitate some fantastic work to enhance the life chances and enable the educational success of our looked-after children. We hope our Friends of TLC will come forward and help us to achieve even more.”

All corporate friends will be acknowledged on the TLC website and in relevant publicity materials. To become a Friend of TLC the minimum donation is £2 per month. More details can be found at www.tlccharity.co.uk