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Comfort Cases UK raises £20,000 at fundraising dinner UK News

A charity which provides children in care with backpacks full of new and essential items has raised £20,000 at a fundraising dinner.

Comfort Cases UK, which launched in 2021, fills backpacks designed to comfort young people entering the foster care system.

Chief executive Sarah Laster, who lives in Shenley, says she has heard ‘distressing stories’ of young people moving from house to house with nothing but clothes on their backs and a few items carried in bin bags, sending a message invisible to be worthless, unlovable and undesirable.

Free backpacks can be filled with new items such as pajamas, blankets, stuffed animals, books, and a hygiene pack.

Times Series: Comfort Cases aim to replace trash bags and the stigma that can be attached to trash bagsComfort cases aim to replace trash bags and the stigma that can be attached to trash bags

Comfort Cases was founded in the United States ten years ago by Rob Scheer, who was cared for between the ages of 12 and 18. He then became homeless again, putting his belongings in a garbage bag. However, Mr Scheer forged a hugely successful career and almost 30 years later began fostering children into his home after becoming an adoptive parent himself.

Mr Scheer, who has shared his story and the journey of Comfort Cases on shows like Ellen de Generes, was a guest at the UK launch of Comfort Cases at Twenty Events in Whetstone on May 25.

He was joined by representatives of the Comfort Cases team, who are mainly based in north London and Hertfordshire, as well as friends and family from the charity, sponsors and host families.

Times Series: Katie Icklow, Rob Scheer and Sarah Laster with Jasper Foundation SupportersKatie Icklow, Rob Scheer and Sarah Laster with Jasper Foundation supporters

The event heard from key figures from the Comfort Cases team and raised £20,000 towards a goal of £1million.

Mr Scheer said it was very ‘overwhelming’ to be at the launch and said he knows the community gets the problem that Comfort Cases strives to solve.

Comfort Cases, which has so far distributed over 1,700 rucksacks and duffel bags in the UK, is working with local authorities to supply the rucksacks which are then distributed to children within the care system.

Times Series: Richard Adler, chief administrator of Comfort Cases UKRichard Adler, Managing Director of Comfort Cases UK

Chief Executive Sarah and Chief Operating Officer Katie Icklow, of Borehamwood, say it is their ‘dream’ that every social worker in the UK has access to their comfort cases. They also support Ukrainian refugees and say essential items are a “basic right” for children going through “horrible” circumstances.

The charity’s ambassador, Rosie Wainwright, knows firsthand what these backpacks mean, as she herself was a foster child during her teenage years,

Rosie, who went on to college and university, said, “Here you need comfort cases. The impact of a backpack is huge because you feel like nobody cares about you, so getting something that isn’t second-hand is really important.”

Time Series: Rosie WainwrightRosie Wainwright

Comfort Cases UK is looking to extend its reach to connect as many local authorities as possible across the UK and needs £1million to meet growing demand within the foster care community.

For more information about the charity and if you would like to help donate, contact hello@comfortcasesuk.org or visit www.comfortcasesuk.org

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Source: www.times-series.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-06-02 10:00:00

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