Save the Family’s Superheroes!

The ESSAR Chester Half Marathon 2019

Four superheroes and the Save the Family mascot after the Essar Half Marathon Felicity during the 2019 ESSAR half marathonFelicity, Julia, MJ and Rich showing off their runners medals after the ESSAR half marathonHayley and a group of runners at the Essar Half Marathon

After hours of pounding the streets in preparation, the big day arrived!

Lining up on Sunday with over 6000 other runners, were Save the Family’s very own Superheroes!

Save the Family could not exist without the tireless work of our volunteer fundraisers. In total over £3000 was raised! Every penny will go to support homeless families in our community.

Chester has definitely got talent!!




A huge ‘Thank You’ to the young ladies at The Queens School Chester for putting on an amazing concert on behalf of Save the Family on Saturday evening. It was a packed house. With something for everyone from Musical Theatre tunes to The Jacksons, the guests were not left disappointed!



Dodleston C of E Primary School Donations

We’ve had a lovely visit from the Head Teacher of Dodleston C of E Primary School. It was wonderful to see just how generous families in our community can be towards our families during Lent. Nothing was more heart-warming than when we opened a small envelope, only to find a very special little girl had sent her pocket money in to help a family in need. Thank you Dodleston Primary School for your continued support.



Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends!

Chairman and General manager receiving large cheque from the Greif Foundation
The generous donation from the Greif Packaging Charitable Trust has enabled Save the Family to introduce the new role of ‘Family Friend’, providing much needed practical and emotional support to residents.

Gary Hankinson, Family Mentoring Manager said ‘This valuable and much appreciated funding will enable us to provide additional role modelling practical support for our residents, helping them build confidence and self-esteem as they work towards moving back into the community.

The Family Friends will work informally alongside families to help and guide them with key life skills.

They will encourage and help family members in key tasks such as making nutritious meals together; recognising the importance of morning and bedtime routines and promoting active play and laughter together with other key skills.

The overall aim is to support parents to become positive and confident role models for children to help break the cycle of inter-generational problems they face.

David Tillotson on behalf of the Greif Packaging Charitable Trust said ‘It is the Trust’s aim to help disadvantaged children and young people whose development is impeded by unfortunate life events and circumstances. We are very pleased to have been able to make this grant to Save the Family to enable the invaluable new Family Friend resource to be put in place’.

Chester’s First Health and Beauty Expo!


What a day!! Over 500 people attended our first Health and Beauty Event at Chester Racecourse! The day kicked off with an amazing talk from BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and continued throughout the day with seminars, demonstrations and tutorials focused on Health and Beauty. All this lead up to Save the Families first Young Make-Up Artist of the Year competition. The competition was won by 14 year old Mia Smith-Roberts! The competion was judged by Instagram sensations and influencers Alisha Heap and Jasmin Archer-Jones. The event was hosted entirely by Save the Family volunteer staff  with the help of Chester Racecourse Company’s Project 1000 volunteers and raised almost £3000. These funds will go to help homeless families through a really difficult period in life.

Our newly created ‘Family Friend’ post at work!!

Here’s Kath in her newly created ‘Family Friend’ role. She is assisting two of our residents to cook good quality food for less. They started by writing a list then going shopping to get good quality ingredients for the cheapest prices. Then came the hard bit, they went into our community kitchen and batch cooked 3 different meals, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Chicken Curry and Shepherds Pie. And oh boy, did they batch cook?! Over 56 portions in total!

The completed meals were shared between themselves at a cost of £15.00 each!! Well done ladies x

Our Teddy has been on adventures again this week!

This week we were honoured to be invited into Eccleston C of E Primary School’s assembly. A huge thank you to all the staff and children who allowed us to highlight all the fabulous work we do at Save the Family. Our Teddy has never had so many cuddles!

Good Luck to all the children who enter the competition to name our Teddy!

Did you see our Teddy in Chester?

A huge thank you to everyone who donated whilst out shopping on Saturday! Every penny collected benefits homeless families in our community.

The Sensory Garden Opening

Wow, what a day!! After months of design, then many hours of hard work we are proud to say that on the 23rd of November 2018, we finally opened the Sensory Garden. Our dream would never have become a reality without funding and the hard-work of our Corporate Volunteers. They worked for many hours along side our ground staff to produce an amazing space for our residents, staff and volunteers to enjoy for many years to come.

Our plaque has finally arrived! Thank you to for helping to make it happen.