Meet Maria, one of our funders
Pictured: Our clients enjoying a meal together. It is because of the generosity of people like Maria that we are able to continue our work to support clients to lead full, active and independent lives.
What is your connection to Field Lane (FL) / How did you first get involved?
I didn’t know about Field Lane until I was introduced to the charity by the then new, head of fundraising, Rawle Beckles. I went along to visit several of the charity’s projects – meeting with both clients and staff. I even met with the client who would be the direct beneficiary of one of my donations. That was key for me, in deciding to support Field Lane, knowing that the money I gave was being used for a particular person. The money wasn’t going into a bottomless pit, but being used for a specific purpose.
What is it about FL's work that appeals to you?
The charity’s work with vulnerable adults is a cause that is close to my heart. I believe we have a moral responsibility to support those who are the most vulnerable in our society, to ensure they have the best quality of life regardless of the mental and physical challenges they face. I have a particular interest in the work the charity does with vulnerable women and children, not just providing a safe haven but also wrap-around support. The staff are fantastic and go to great lengths to inspire and motivate the women – the aim being to help them to lead more stable and independent lives after they have left Field Lane’s care.
The charity is very transparent. It makes it possible for funders to have direct contact with its clients. I feel personally involved and connected to what is happening and I know how my contribution is being used. It’s a good feeling.
What do you wish other people knew about FL?
I had no idea about the charity’s long history and connection to Dickens. I think that would appeal to more people if they knew – it’s a good story! Field Lane acknowledges and lives by its Christian origins, but it does this in a way that is inclusive and welcoming of everyone. It is essentially humanitarian. I would urge others to go and see for themselves.
What would you say to others wanting to ‘give'?
As a smaller charity, Field Lane is not well-known but the impact of its work is obvious. Anyone who decides to give will be able to see straight away the result of their contribution and the positive effect it has on the most vulnerable people in our society. As a funder, your contribution will be acknowledged personally. The charity understands the value of its relationships with funders and never forgets to say ‘thank-you’.