Welcome to the ACT news page, where we share regular updates and fundraising ideas.
Please note that the Alchemy Charitable Trust office will be closed from Wednesday, 16th August 2017 until Monday, 4th September 2017. During this time, we will be unable to respond to any communication, new or ongoing. We're so sorry for any inconvenience but look forward to helping West Kent and Sussex residents in need this Autumn.
Before we go, here's just some of the ways we have been supporting families and individuals in your local community who had nowhere else to turn and desperately needed our help. This Summer we have provided grants for:
A family in Edenbridge with school uniforms and funds for kids holiday activities as Mum is unwell
School uniforms for a family in Eastbourne Dad who has just lost his job
Sofa-bed for a mum in Newhaven so she didn't have to sleep on floor
Clothes and trainers for a homeless gentleman from Hove
We couldn't have done it without our fabulous supporters, so thank you for helping us make a difference.
We truly love our supporters! Summer 2017 has been busy and we have managed to make some real changes to the lives of West Kent and Sussex residents who had nowhere else to turn. Thanks to you, we've helped with school uniform, items for a new born baby, a washing machine, a bus pass and we've even helped someone secure their own home in St Leonards On Sea. So this Sunday, we thought we'd share a little love - you guys are our heroes.
We are delighted to announce that our golf day fundraiser raised £13,129.50. Fabulous result and a great day had by all! Thank you so much to everyone who took part and this Bank Holiday - don't worry, tee happy!
Happy Easter! Here's a little note to remind you that if you have nowhere else to turn, some bunny is always there for you. We have been helping tons and tons of local Sussex and West Kent residents in need this Spring.
Thanks to your support, we've covered rent and living expenses for four Sussex families from Brighton, Peacehaven, Arundel and Worthing so they can share memories (and hopefully some chocolate eggs!) at home with their loved ones.
Since we started the charity in 2012, we have helped over 400 families and individuals across West Kent and Sussex and paid out over £200,000 which is amazing!
We are so excited to continue to help people in need in 2017 - the best is yet to come!
We just heard this morning that a local Sussex resident has received funding for a local hostel, meaning he's got somewhere warm and safe to stay tonight! ❄
Thought we'd share this bit of Christmas Eve magic with you and on behalf of all the trustees, wish you all a wonderful Christmas.
We are excited to announce that this year, we have our own personalised greeting cards for you to share with your family and friends this Christmas.
With a wide range of designs available, you can raise £1 for Alchemy Charitable Trust every time you order a card. Every donation will go towards helping West Kent and Sussex residents in need this Christmas time.
With postage already included in the pricing and every card guaranteed to raise a donation, why not spread some Christmas cheer to friends and family this festive season!
Simply, visit https://cards.giveasyoulive.com and choose Alchemy Charitable Trust as your cause. Thank you so much for your support!
There's a slight chill in the air so we thought it might be the perfect time to warm you up with some news from the Spring!
In April, we helped a local Brighton resident. M had previously been homeless and battled alcohol dependency, whilst suffering with PTSD. He has come an awful long way and now has his own studio flat by the sea.
He has the rare thing of a back yard and with ACT's help, he's bought some fencing, paving slabs and a garden shed - a great project for him to do to settle into his new home! W said it has been so beneficial for his well-being to enjoy the outside space and have that extra storage.
This Halloween, we thought we'd share a story which has a spooky start but a very happy ending
This time in 2014, J was coming to the end of a 6 month license in a local woman's refuge after fleeing domestic violence. She wasn't eligible for discretionary help or a loan and didn't know where else to turn. With our help, she has secured a lovely flat in East Sussex, where she is settled and continuing to build links and support here. She is absolutely thrilled with her new home.
If you fancy giving a small treat to someone in your local community, you can make a donation on our website -
Or, raise more than a scream this Halloween when you shop online for your costume via Give as you Live
On behalf of the Alchemy Charitable Trust, thank you so much for your support and helping us make it a little less spooky for West Kent and Sussex residents in need
"Living in a rural area with no direct gas supply, I had to rely on an oil fired Rayburn for heating, cooking and hot water. In November 2013, the current Rayburn "packed up" and was declared condemned. I had no idea how to cope with this situation, being in extremely poor health and with limited resources. The compassion and understanding I received from ACT literally saved my life. I had severe depression and to find myself in another impossible situation nearly pushed me over the edge. I am forever indebted to the Alchemy Charitable Trust for everything they did for me in providing funds to purchase a second-hand Rayburn to bring back the utilities I had been denied for a period of 14 months... I have made sure that the funds ACT gifted to me will be paid back to them so other people in similar positions can continue to benefit from their work"