Christmas Appeal 2019
We all want our loved one with us at Christmas, but sometimes it’s not possible. With your gift and prayers, we can help families stay connected with someone they care about who is in prison.
Gemma and Jodie’s story
Gemma’s world shattered when her husband went to prison. She had to explain to the children that daddy wasn’t coming home for a long time, and they cried a lot. On top of that, although some people were compassionate and non-judgemental, just as we are at Mothers’ Union, others started to avoid them.
With Christmas just around the corner, we are thinking of that family and how your kind support makes such a difference to them.
When families come to Parc Prison on visiting days, the visits usually last for two hours. That’s a long time for a small child to sit still but, thanks to our members like Jodie at the Dioceses of Llandaff , Wales and supporters like you, there is somewhere for the children to relax and play.
The Family Care Centre at Parc Prison, where Jodie volunteers, is a little oasis of normality and safe space not only for the children but for the mums and dads too. There are soft chairs, a craft table, play farm, children’s books, colouring pens and jigsaws. In the run up to Christmas, Jodie prepares Christmas cards for the children to colour in, decorate and dedicate to their dads.
Jodie told us that; ‘whatever age they are, the children love these. The dads are allowed to take the cards back to their cells.’
This year, will be the first Christmas Gemma’s children will have without their dad. Your gift could do so much to support families like Gemma’s who are depending on us for comfort at deeply difficult times. Please donate to our work for families including those missing a loved one this Christmas. Your support will bring light and warmth and help make a difficult day much easier.
The project at Parc Prison is one of many great examples of the amazing work our members are doing to support families in the UK. The funds raised this Christmas will support areas of our work where the need is the greatest.