The Buddy Bag Foundation
710. Karen Williams
Karen Williams, from Derbyshire, set up the ‘Buddy Bag Foundation’ to support children that have been removed from traumatic domestic situations and placed into emergency accommodation.
The Foundation has so far packaged and delivered 7,000 bags which contain essential items such as toiletries, pyjamas and underwear, and comforting items including books, photo frames and teddy bears. Karen has built a thriving 600-strong volunteer army to distribute the bags to 250 places including women’s refuge centres across the country.
In a personal letter to Karen, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“The ‘Buddy Bag Foundation’ is giving children in traumatic circumstances something they can call their own, no matter where they go. By providing practical essentials, as well as comfort at such a critical time, you are easing a difficult transition for vulnerable young people.”
“I am honoured to receive this award. It is an accolade to all of the people who have supported the appeal since we began in May 2015. This includes over 700 volunteer opportunities. As a result we have delivered more than 7,000 buddy bags filled with essential items to children in emergency care. Our aim is to have delivered 20,200 buddy bags by 2020. For our charity to be recognised by the Prime Minister will spur us on to achieve our goal.”