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2 days ago

My Bag Charity

In just over 2 weeks Shane will be embarking on a 1,000 mile cycle ride from John O’Groats to Lands End.
He is asking for sponsorship money for this trip, all of which will go directly to the charity to create the bags we provide to children entering foster care for the first time.
Please message us, or comment here if you are able to sponsor him. We will message or email you once the ride is complete with the charity bank account details to receive payment.
Thank you in advance for your support of his ride.

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2 weeks ago

My Bag Charity

Shane is going to be cycling 1,000 miles over a period of 2 weeks! He is doing this to raise money for My Bag Charity.
This trip has been a long time in the planning and has been adapted many times, especially since the country went into lockdown!
With careful planning and lots of consideration for social distancing etc. and the changing rules we understand that this trip can now go ahead.
We would like to encourage people to support his efforts by sponsoring him to complete this.
If you would like to sponsor him please let us know by sending us a message with your name, amount you’d like to sponsor and your email address. Once he has completed the ride we will send everyone an email with the charity account bank details so we can collect the sponsorship.
He’ll be keeping you updated with his ride progress as he goes. He will be starting at the end of July 2020.

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3 weeks ago

My Bag Charity

Throughout this pandemic we have been very lucky that so many people have still been able to donate to help our cause. Children haven’t stopped entering foster care during the pandemic and we’ve still been delivering bags every month!
We couldn’t do this without our regular donors and are incredibly grateful for all you do.
Then we get some incredible unexpected donations too! Such as one this month from the Mary Potter Convent Hospital Trust for £2,000! We’ve missed one of our fundraising events this year due to the pandemic so unexpected donations like this will really help us continue the work we are doing.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support.

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3 weeks ago

My Bag Charity

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there, regardless of your situation!
And a super thank you and Happy Father’s Day to the man who helped me take my idea of helping foster children in a greater capacity and then turn it into a reality!
Couldn’t have done it without you, and 2 years later you’re still integral to it. A huge thank you for everything you do.

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1 month ago

My Bag Charity

This is sad but it’s the reality for many young people living in foster care and why the bags we provide could be so important!6 schools, 5 caseworkers & 11 different ‘parents’ in 4 years; plus, I haven’t seen my biological family in over 2.

I’ve outlasted all of my caseworkers, each one has moved on, while I continue to stay stagnant in the system.

I’ve been moved because of time restraints, personality differences & for making mistakes that most teenagers do. But unlike most, my parents had the option to put in notice & have me removed.

When I finally found a teacher that I could confide in, I moved to the other side of town. Never seeing her again.

It used to be hard not to make connections, but overtime it became easier. I’ve learned that everything is always temporary in my world.

I’m expected to be grateful for actually living in a home & not a facility at my age; even though I can’t remember the last time someone said they loved me—I’m considered “lucky”.

Every time I move, I must conform to new rules, lifestyles, religions—without questioning a thing.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a mom that would brush my hair & brag to her friends about my grades; or a protective dad that meets my prom date at the door, lecturing him about being a gentleman.

But I don’t let my mind wander too far because I don’t know that I’ll ever get those things, although I secretly want them so badly.

I’ll be considered an adult in less than a year & even at 17, my deepest desire is to be adopted & my deepest fear is to age out of the system without a family to call my own. A family who loves me & who welcomes me freely, even when I’ve messed up.

I know fostering teenagers is hard & it would be easier not to do it—but being a teenager in foster care is hard & nobody gave me a choice.
~thoughts from a foster youth~
#ThisIsFosterCare #NationalFosterCareAwarenessMonth

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