For the Love of a Child is a Christian charity bringing healing, hope and freedom to children and their families whose lives have been broken through trauma, loss and bereavement. We work in Scotland and overseas.
For the Love of a Child was founded in 2010 by Tom and Donna Jennings following the tragic death of their little boy Samuel. Sam died suddenly at just five years old from heart failure whilst happily playing at a fruit farm. This tragedy was the catalyst for Tom and Donna to look for ways to bring hope and love into the lives of children who have none.
Our projects and programmes are developed with an emphasis on the emotional and mental health and well-being of children and their families and our current focus is on establishing a project in Lebanon, on the border of Syria, for Syrian refugees. This project will provide a safe therapeutic space for children and their families to process their trauma through play, art, music, stories and drama.
How we operate
For the Love of a Child is run by a number of volunteers who are passionate about helping the most vulnerable children in Scotland and overseas. Our Trustees are unpaid and dedicated to ensuring that the funds received are allocated entirely to the charities aims.
Donna is the founder of For the Love of a Child. She is an HCPC registered dramatherapist with an MA in dramatherapy from Roehampton University and she is a Clinical Supervisor registered with the British Association of Dramatherapists. She has extensive experience and has worked in clinical and voluntary settings with adults, adolescents and children. Donna currently runs The “Breakthrough Therapeutic Service” within City church Dundee in Scotland, which offers individual and group therapy to children and adults. Donna is also an author of several children’s books which are currently being developed into emotional health and well-being programmes for primary school children and refugees. She is married to Thomas and has three beautiful children, Joy, Zoe and Jacob.
Julie-Anne Alexander is the FLOC chair and a trustee. She is married and has 2 teenage sons. Julie-Anne lives in Dundee and is a member of City church. She is passionate about people, particularly children, discovering that Jesus loves them and that He heals and restores.
Julie-Anne has worked as a children’s service manager for the charity Barnardo’s for almost 5yrs. Her previous experience includes; local authority foster carer, nurse, college lecturer and young people’s drug and alcohol counsellor. Julie-Anne qualified as a nurse in 1994 and has further qualifications in counselling skills and leadership and management in health and social care.
Karen Bennett is Floc Treasurer and trustee. Karen works at Dundee based overseas development charity, Signpost International as book keeper and payroll administrator. She has previous experience of volunteering for charities and is the current chairperson of Dundee Foodbank. Karen is married with 2 daughters and is a member of Downfield Mains Church.