provided by: Tippa Naphtali
published: 27 October 2019
The annual United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) held its annual march in central London on Saturday 26 October 2019. With co-ordination from Ken Fero, of Migrant Media, and other supporters they also helped the National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund (NMPMFF) to raise £180.00 selling promotional badges to over 60 of the people that attended the event.
The NMPMFF will be the first permanent national resource of its kind specifically for those that are affected by deaths in custody. It will make small grants available for families and their campaign groups across the United Kingdom to provide practical domestic assistance, to further the work of their own campaigns or to assist them in engaging in a range of other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives.
In January 2020 the NMPMFF will make the badges available to purchase online. All proceeds will go to boosting the fund. You can find out more about the history and purpose of the National Family Memorial Fund by watching this short video.
The NMPMFF are also awaiting news of an Edge Fund grant application. The grant would cover costs for the provision of a sessional role for a National Organiser who would identify and manage opportunities for up to 3 major pay-to-attend events each year which will help to raise awareness of deaths in state custody, galvanise collaboration and most importantly to raise money for the fund.
We are also awaiting news of a possible philanthropic donation of up to £10,000. This would enable the NMPMFF to open the first round of grant applications in early 2020.
The following also came in to the Family Fund during 26 October 2019:
– One-off donors x 6 – £117.00
– New monthly donors x 3
The National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund website is LIVE!
Campaigning news collective, 4WardEverUK, launched the new website in April 2019 to raise both awareness and funds for an initiative inspired by Mikey Powell, who died in police custody on 7th September 2003.
Mikey’s cousin, Tippa Naphtali said; “The needs of affected families and children can often get lost in the equally important work of campaigning and lobbying of state institutions. We want to change that with a permanent national support fund that is set up specifically for their needs“.
See the fund Q&A’s : Click here for details >
Important Note: Applications will be opened to family campaigns when the Family Fund holds a maximum balance of between £5,000 and £6,500 at any given time.