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Thatcham charity, Young People and Children First, receives £1,000 from Newbury organisations, Porchester Lodge and The Good Exchange



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Thatcham charity, Young People and Children First (YPACF), has received a £500 donation from Porchester Masonic Lodge as their charity of the year.

The donation was match funded by The Good Exchange boosting the total amount raised to £1,000.

Porchester Masonic Lodge Master Mark Henly said: "“Porchester Mark Lodge are delighted to choose YPACF as our charity of the year 2021.

YPACF unveiling their third house earlier this year.
YPACF unveiling their third house earlier this year.

“The work that YPACF do to support young care leavers in West Berkshire is unique and hugely beneficial providing a caring, safe environment to enable these young people to prepare for independence.”

The charity opened their third house earlier this year to provide a safe family environment to young care leavers.

These residents have typically experienced varying challenges during their childhood but YPACF say they provide them with a "stable home, emotional support and practical help during the crucial time as they move into independent adulthood".

YPACF Founders Patsy and John Stone, CEO Tracy Underwood, Fundraiser Sarah McGill and Master of Porchester Mark Lodge Mark Henley outside the charity's third house in Thatcham. Picture by: Young People and Children First. (53320361)
YPACF Founders Patsy and John Stone, CEO Tracy Underwood, Fundraiser Sarah McGill and Master of Porchester Mark Lodge Mark Henley outside the charity's third house in Thatcham. Picture by: Young People and Children First. (53320361)

With 26 per cent of care leavers going on to experience homelessness, YPACF said it “relies on the generous support” from these organisations, which will enable it to plan the opening of its fourth house.



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