Published: 16:56, 06 December 2019
| Updated: 16:58, 06 December 2019
An Ashford charity has pledged to double supporters' Christmas donations as it takes part in the UK's biggest match funding campaign.
Dads Unlimited, which supports separated families across Kent, has signed up to the The Big Give's Christmas Challenge.
Now in its 12th year, it sees any donations made from the public doubled - with a limit of up to £50,000 per organisation.
Dads Unlimited provides 1:1 mentoring support for fathers to help them develop positive relationships with their children.
The latest figures show the group supported 181 men, of which 119 had identified themselves as victims of emotional or domestic abuse, between April and September.
It was recently given an award by Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott for helping men who have suffered abuse.
Dads Unlimited chief executive officer Nav Mirza said: "In two years we have been overwhelmed by the number of dads, and now mums and grandparents, that have come forward needing our help.
"Some parents struggle to get regular access to their children, or are dealing with post-separation parental conflict and we know this can have an adverse effect on not only them, but their children's lives now and in their future.
"We promote positive co-parenting where children are ultimately put first and parents are helped to implement a working relationship between them to create a stable and happy upbringing for their child/children.
"Demand for our help currently outstrips our capacity and so we need to be able to raise additional funds so that we can employ more mentors to help more separated families cope with the situation that they find themselves in and to move forward in their lives."
Anyone wishing to help the charity has until Tuesday to see their donation matched.
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