Two of our celebrants Michelle Taylor & Nikki Kulin travelled into London to represent the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants on a cold and miserable Friday morning last week to meet with Carrie Reiners, Director of Fundraising for The Albert Kennedy Trust.

They presented the charity with a cheque for £3000 on behalf of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants (FPC), money raised throughout 2018 from a percentage of new membership fees which are put aside each year to be donated to a nominated charity. To date the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants has been able to donate over £25,000 to various charities since we first founded in 2011.

Each year FPC Founder & Director Terri Shanks asks members to nominate suitable charities for our support and from those suggested a decision is made; one which Terri says is always a very tough choice to make due to the number of wonderful & deserving causes which our members put forward. The Albert Kennedy Trust was suggested by funeral celebrant Jean Ford, who said within her nomination “I’m suggesting this charity due to the link between homophobia and teenage suicide. The Albert Kennedy Trust provides support for teenagers who have been made homeless because of their sexuality”. Terri said that she knew that the FPC support could really make a difference to these young lives and very much sat alongside the FPC’s values of ‘Faith in Diversity’

Michelle and Nikki learnt that this year the Albert Kennedy Trust is 30 years old and has over the years expanded to 3 locations in the UK, where with charitable donations such as ours, they have been able to help countless young LGBTQ people get off the streets. They work tirelessly to support the young people as they find their feet, sometimes in a new town or city and take those first steps to independent living.

Carrie Reiners from the Albert Kennedy Trust said “
‘Thank you again for the incredible support from The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants this year. The £3,000 raised by your organisation is the equivalent to 3 Rainbow Starter Packs which help to ensure that young people make a smooth transition into independent living once they leave our care. The funding is flexible and determined by the needs of the young person. Items like, deposit, first month’s rent, passports/birth certificates, small furnishing or white goods are most commonly requested and or needed. However, we have also provided assistance with educational costs and even a scooter which allowed a young person to travel for work. Thank you to you and your fellow celebrants for making their journey a bit easier.’

3 more young people will have their first safe home thanks to the FPC

It really is all about the 3’s :

  • £3000
  • 30 years
  • and 3 young LGBTQ people, safely in a new home

In photo:
back row – Nathan East & Jamie Souter (AKT)
front row: Nikki Kulin (FPC) Carrie Reiners (AKT) Michelle Taylor (FPC)
Photo by Kevin Taylor