John Lewis shoppers in Tunbridge Wells help Fegans support families

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CUSTOMERS at John Lewis have raised £1,220 by choosing Fegans as their preferred charity when placing their green tokens into one of the three Community Matters boxes at the front of the Tunbridge Wells store.

Fegans provides counselling for around 400 children a week, as well as practical and emotional support for parents and carers who are finding it difficult to cope.

All Fegans’ counsellors are registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Working in schools and Fegans sites across the South East, including the head office in St James’ Road, they deal with issues that include abuse, anger, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, depression and self-harm.

Despite doubling in size in the last six years and seeing more children year-on-year, demand for the charity’s services is greater than ever before.

‘We are so grateful for the support shown by John Lewis At Home Tunbridge Wells,’ said Ann-Marie Fisher, Head of Communications and Fundraising at Fegans.

‘Community Matters ensures more local families are aware of the services Fegans offers, and also helps to fund this valuable work. The money raised will enable Fegans to counsel more children through trauma and support more parents who are struggling to cope.’

John Lewis Branch Manager Tracey Odell said: ‘We are delighted our customers showed such great support for this fantastic charity.’

PICTURE: HOME COMFORTS: Ian Soars, Chief Executive of Fegans, receives the cheque from John Lewis staff (l-r) Christine Robbins, Tracey Odell and Debra Thompson

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