AN Edinburgh charity that helps transform the lives of disabled children faces closure unless £40,000 can be raised by the end of September.
Kindred has suffered unexpected cuts in the past six moths due to external grant funding and as a result is facing a funding deficit of up to £80,000.
The charity, which has supported children in the Capital for 25 years, has issued an urgent public appeal to raise half the sum in order to secure its future.
Donations will go towards staff wages and supporting the Kindred team at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Kindred is currently in talks with Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government to secure the remainder of the funding.
Crime writer Ian Rankin is among those supporting the appeal. He said: “Kindred is a charity that’s been close to my heart ever since my son was born with special needs - over 20 years ago. I know first-hand the difference Kindred makes to families. With your help, they will continue to flourish and to offer support to those who need it.”
Christine Wright, whose 10-year-old son was mown down by a stolen motorbike on Ferry Road last month, said she couldn’t have coped if it wasn’t for Kindred’s support. She said: “Kindred has been amazing at one of the worst times of my life. When my son Cameron was admitted to the High dependency unit at RHSC following a motorbike hit and run incident, our family were traumatically plunged into a living nightmare of shock, fear and anger coupled with a high level of media and police involvement. Kindred came along just as I was ready to crack. I was tired, scared and worn out. The staff let me talk and cry but most importantly, they listened. We really couldn’t have coped without Kindred’s emotional and practical support.”
Tally Jackson-Dyke, whose son Ridley has Autism, said that Kindred provided a ‘lifeline’. She said: “We were at a real low and had just run out of energy to fight but Kindred picked us up and fixed everything. Going from a diagnosis to dealing with disability are miles apart and Kindred was there to provide support and help me acknowledge my dreams for my child needed to be adapted. Looking back six months, I would never have imagined that I’d be in full time employment or that my son would be perfectly settled in a wonderful school.”
Adam O’Brien, a Parent and Pupil Support Manager with Edinburgh City Council said: “Kindred have a unique status as a charity working in the field of additional support needs in terms of the great size and breadth of their casework, their long experience and their contribution to national policy. Kindred provide an immensely valuable role in building resilience in families at a time of crisis and I have frequently heard parents say this at meetings I have attended.”
Sophie Pilgrim, director of Kindred, added: “I am hopeful we can raise the funds needed to keep Kindred’s valuable service going. We have an amazing team and I hope that we will be able to continue to make life better for other families.”