'Don't Forget the Kids' aimed at helping children whose are touched by the cancer or bereavement of a loved celebrate becoming a registered Charity.
Don't Forget The Kids support children up to 17 years old whose parents or carers are living with cancer and bereavement, based in Tottenham, North London have been recognised for their consistent efforts in supporting children through the challenges of living with a seriously ill family member and or death of a loved one, by becoming a registered charity.
Don't Forget the Kids was founded in 2012 by Nicola Dady, Tottenham resident and single mother of two children, whilst fighting kidney and bladder cancer. In trying to find emotional support for her children and being unsuccessful Nicola, along with her team, made it their mission to create a safe environment for children in this peer group where they can express themselves in a creative way and feel comfort in knowing that they are not alone. Since opening their doors, they have supported 500+ young people and their families and have made a positive impact in their lives.
In 2016 Nicola was awarded a Travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel to the USA this summer to conduct research on helping children through the bereavement process. This enabled her to research the most effective ways to support these children and their families, expand the charity and reach wider audiences.
The good news didn't stop there. DFTK received the great news that The Big Lottery Fund have awarded them a grant of just under £10,000 for 2018/19 to enable them to continue the positive work they are doing in the community. Their pilot year was also funded by The Big Lottery Fund and generous contributions from the community.
Nicola Dady, Founder and Chair says "I am blown away with all that we have achieved, I feel so proud that we were able to make our dream a reality and not only do my children now have support but we have been able to turn a negative situation into a positive one and can help to enhance the lives of others whilst doing it. It's an amazing feeling."