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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

MP expresses concern for FACES of Kent

5th November 2013
MP expresses concern for FACES of Kent

Local MP, Gordon Henderson, has written to the Kent County Council expressing his concern that Faces of Kent may be forced to close unless they receive emergency funding to see them through to April 2014, when they are hopeful they will be able to access funds from other sources.

Mr Henderson said:

“I am a huge fan of Faces of Kent, which does excellent work with a number of disadvantaged children in Sittingbourne and Sheppey. It would be a huge loss to our community if this fantastic charity was forced to close down through a temporary lack of funds.

“I know that Cllr Mike Whiting met the group recently and shares my concern and is lobbying his colleagues on Swale Borough Council, and local schools in the hope that they can come up with enough money to help fund the charity in the months ahead.

“In addition, following a letter to me from Faces of Kent, I wrote to the Kent County Council pleading with them to award Faces of Kent an emergency grant to see them through until next April, when hopefully they will be able to access other funding streams.”

ENDS

Letter to Jenny Whittle:

You will by now have received a copy of the attached letter from FACES of Kent.

This charity does excellent work with a number of disadvantaged children in my constituency and I would urge you to treat sympathetically their plea for an emergency grant to see them through to next April, by which time they will hopefully have accessed funds from other sources.

With regards to the cut in their funding that has led to the dire situation in which they find themselves, I would be grateful if you would agree to meet with Karen and Sandie so they can explain the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of KCC funding.

I very much hope that even at this late stage something can be done to help FACES of Kent continue with their excellent work.

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