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  “I’ve been thinking lately about how much my quality of life has changed since I first contacted the Journalists’ Charity, not just financially but how much confidence I have regained.... Thank you all so very much, I really couldn’t manage without you.” “You can’t imagine how much I appreciate the very practical support from the Journalist’ Charity at a time of great difficulty with my wife’s health.” “Thank you for the grant, it has brought relief and peace of mind to me and my family” Extracts from recent “thank you” letters from those we have helped (Grant recipient age ranges from 28 to 95!) It’s not just the funds, but also the moral support and the confirmation that there is hope and people like you that are willing to help people like me in desperate and dire times. I am very emotional right now because things have been very difficult and I was worried about how I would have enough money to get through to my first pay day, so this is really wonderful news. Once again, the charity has come to my rescue and I feel so blessed. Somehow saying ‘thank you’ doesn’t seem enough...but at the mo I am actually stuck for words and I keep crying with relief. I am so relieved that this particular nightmare is nearly over and overwhelmed with gratitude to you and the trustees and the Journalists’ Charity as a whole for your support. The Journalists' Charity has helped me enormously. I had never heard of them and I didn't know you were a patron (ambassador). I am writing to say thanks to you and to them. It is a very worthy cause and their support has saved my home and probably my life. (Letter sent to one of our “ambassadors”) I feel so blessed to be under the wing of the Journalists’ Charity. I could not have survived this double financial crisis without the help of the Trustees. It (grant cheque) certainly will enable me to celebrate Christmas which otherwise wouldn’t be possible. I wish I could find the words to adequately express how much your joint kindness and generosity means to me and the enormous difference it makes to my life. I’m afraid it has been brought home to me that I am not capable of enduring the deprivation and hardship that seemed to be so character-building 50 years ago and I am very grateful for your kindness which will ensure that I have fuel for cooking and heating for the next few months. It would be a less pleasing world without you. Your kindness and swift action has changed my life and given me a new start – one I never thought I would get again. I just wanted to say a proper thank you. I felt I was getting a second chance...I have never been close to financial ruin and it was a horrible, overwhelming, devastating feeling. Words alone would be insufficient to convey what a positive difference the Journalists’ Charity has made to our lives, particularly at this most difficult time. It is always comforting to know there are kind and considerate folk, such as your good selves, just a telephone call away. I am so relieved that this particular nightmare is nearly over and overwhelmed with gratitude to you and the trustees and the Journalists’ Charity as a whole for your support. I feel so blessed to be under the wing of the Journalists’ Charity. I could not have survived this double financial crisis without the help of the Trustees. The help and assistance received from you all at the journalists’ charity during this year has been absolutely vital in these straitened times. It's because of you that we will have a Christmas that will be a hundred times better than that last year. You have no idea just how overwhelmed we are by your act of compassion. It really lifts a huge cloud from us. Your kindness and swift action has changed my life and given me a new start – one I never thought I would get again. I just wanted to say a proper thank you. I felt I was getting a second chance…I have never been close to financial ruin and it was a horrible, overwhelming, devastating feeling. Words alone would be insufficient to convey what a positive difference the Journalists’ Charity has made to our lives, particularly at this most difficult time. It's very fashionable at the moment to think unkindly of journalists. But the Journalists' Charity offers an extraordinary lifeline in very troubling circumstances.          

Letter from grant recipient

Friday / 7 December / 2018

A great night was had by all at the Journalists’ Charity Wales annual Christmas quiz.

The event , now a popular highlight on the Welsh scene ,  was really well attended and raised a good sum of money for the charity.  Congratulations to the winning team “Banter “ and to Richard Morgan who won the fabulous first prize – a night in one of Wales’  top hotels – kindly donated by the Harbourmaster’s Hotel in Aberaeron.

Committee member Mel Doel who helped organise the event said “ We would like to thank everyone who made it possible . It’s so important that journalists across Wales get together socially now and again.

We are now looking forward to the highlight of our year the Wales media awards in March which have attracted a record entry of almost 240 submissions. Shortlists for each category will be announced in February 2019 and the Awards will be presented at a special Gala  evening on March 22.”

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