Family Matters to Perrys in breaking down barriers

    SUPPORT NETWORK Mary Trevillion says Family Matters provides a vital service

    ACCOUNTANTS Perrys, who are based on St John’s Road in Tunbridge Wells, are attempting to raise more than £10,000 for its chosen charity, Family Matters.

     

    The Kent charity offers support services to people who have been affected by sexual abuse or rape, including free one-to-one counselling sessions. 

     

    Set up in 1990, it is based in Gravesend but serves 14 boroughs across the county. It is currently trying to raise £300,000 per year in order to keep operating.

     

    Last year Family Matters was the runner-up among Perrys’ charity nominees at the company’s Exceptional Awards, which ‘recognise outstanding contributions in Kent’. 

     

    Perrys’ Chief Executive, Stewart Pope, said: “When I heard about Family Matters, and listened first hand to a victim, whom they have supported, and how much the charity had done to transform his life for the better, I wanted to do more to help.

     

    “Last year we presented an incredible £13,690 to the Kent Cancer Trust so we are aiming to match this figure for Family Matters.”  

     

    Mary Trevillion, CEO at Family Matters, said: “It’s a sad fact that rape and sexual abuse are still very much a taboo, with many victims suffering in silence. 

     

    “We want to break down the barriers that victims face so they can get the support they need and deserve.

     

    “It’s help from companies like Perrys that makes a huge difference so we can continue to raise the charity’s profile and provide our vital service to the Kent community.” 

     

    Perrys will be hosting various fundraising initiatives for Family Matters, including its annual charity golf day at Chart Hills Golf Club in Biddenden on 2 June.