Caldecott Foundation Centenary Fund

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The Caldecott Foundation, based at Smeeth, near Ashford, cares for children who have experienced major difficulties in their family homes and serious disruption to their education.

The charity’s centenary appeal was awarded £20,000 from the RDHCT in autumn 2012. The centenary appeal aims to provide vocational learning facilities for the Foundation’s older children, to teach them workplace skills such as hair and beauty, construction and car mechanics, and is the final link in the provision of care which includes residential homes, an on-site school, therapy and fostering.

Caldecott chief executive Clive Lee said: “This donation is a terrific contribution to our appeal, and we are delighted to have continued our relationship with the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, which has also been generous in the past in supporting the work we do to help society’s most vulnerable children.”

The picture shows Samir and Chloe, two Caldecott children, receiving the £20,000 cheque from Peter Bettley of the RDHCT during a visit to the first of the new training facilities, which teaches skills in hair and beauty, construction and carpentry.