National Family Fund – Important update & changes in 2018

United Families Demonstration
UFFC 14th Demo 2012 – Together as one against injustice

source: 4WardEverUK
published: 9 October 2017

Tippa Naphtali, the cousin of Mikey Powell (who died in the custody of West Midlands Police in September 2003) and founder of campaigning news group 4WardEverUK, has announced that there will be major changes to the National Family Fund appeal and strategy from April 2018.

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Tippa said; “Essentially we have taken the difficult decision to close the fund appeal for The National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund in its current format in April 2018. This is due frankly to a lack of support and donors coming forward.

“A new strategy will include making the funds raised up to March 2018 available through the United Families &  Friends Campaign (UFFC), to support families to engage with national events, conferences and strategic decision making bodies.

“We will also work with UFFC and others to stage a series of semi-commercial events and film screenings to both raise awareness and income for the fund. The fund itself will be renamed ‘The National Family Engagement Programme’ and will continue to be administered via a coalition between UFFC, Migrant Media, 4WardEverUK and the Friends of Mikey Powell Campaign.”

The Background:

On 7th September 2015, the twelfth anniversary of the death of Mikey Powell who was killed in the custody of West Midlands Police, campaigning news group 4WardEver UK, launched The National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund appeal.

The Fund was to be developed in conjunction with the Friends of Mikey Powell Campaign, The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) and Migrant Media. Organisers also acknowledged the late campaigner, Pauline Campbell, who died in May 2008.

The fund was to be the first permanent national resource of its kind for those affected by deaths in custody, making small grants available for families and their campaign groups across the UK to provide practical domestic assistance, to further the work of their own campaigns or to assist them in engaging in other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives.

Breakdown of funds raised to date:

Crowdfunder (18 donors) = £671.46
4WardEver Film Club (ticket % sales) = £309.18
One-off (5 donors) = £360.00
Other one-off (various donors) = £770.98
Monthly Direct Debits (4 donors) = £107.00

Grand Total – £2,218.62

Moving Forward Strategy:

The newly named National Family Engagement Programme will consist broadly of two components;

National Events
A shift towards co-producing free and ticketed awareness & fundraising events nationally, working with a wide range of campaign groups, artistes and organisations.

These will take the form of film screenings, sponsored activities, music, arts/theatre, conferences, lectures and more.

Connecting Families
A core objective that remains, namely; ‘to assist families & campaigns to engage in other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives.’

Once again, working with a wide range of campaign groups, artistes and organisations, we will seek to develop funded projects providing practical support to children and families affected by custody deaths.

Using self-generated resources from the National Family Engagement Programme we will seek to support family campaigns attend/access events, courses or meetings by covering (in part or whole) associated costs or expenses.

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Further updates will be posted in the New Year.