Major donation makes free relief childcare to Kingston mothers with cancer possible
Non-profit Nanny Angel Network set to provide its unique services starting this Summer, thanks to a $300K donation from Homestead Land Holdings
KINGSTON, ON, Jan. 31, 2019 /CNW/ - Britton Smith, Philanthropist and Executive Chairman of Homestead Land Holdings presented the Nanny Angel Network (NAN) with a $300,000 donation that will bring free, specialized, relief childcare to Kingston mothers with cancer. This donation will see NAN's first expansion outside of the Greater Toronto Area, to Kingston.
"The Nanny Angel Network is incredibly grateful for this financial commitment," said Audrey Guth, NAN founder and cancer survivor. "We are looking forward to becoming a part of the Kingston community and bringing much-needed relief for moms with cancer and compassionate support for their children."
Families coping with cancer face a number of challenges and NAN's specially trained volunteer Nanny Angels have one goal in mind – lessening the impact of cancer on families. Each family is matched with a volunteer who visits weekly and engages the children in fun, interactive activities while their mom rests, attends treatment, or takes the time for herself.
NAN volunteers have experience working with children and undergo specialized training focused on how to talk to children about cancer, and death and dying. This equips them to support families by reducing any fear and anxiety the children may be experiencing as a result of their mother's illness.
"The impact of this donation from Britton Smith and Homestead Land Holdings will live on for generations, as we continue to support children through our therapeutic program," said Guth.
The donation is a part of a proud legacy of giving by Britton Smith and Homestead Land Holdings in the Kingston community and beyond.
"Homestead Land Holdings tries to give back to the community and is proud to support the Nanny Angel Network's expansion into Kingston," said Britton Smith, Philanthropist and Executive Chairman of Homestead Land Holdings. "We know that cancer not only impacts the patient, it impacts the entire family and we are pleased to lend support to moms with cancer and their children."
NAN plans to open its Kingston office in Summer 2019. To learn more about NAN, apply to become a Nanny Angel, or make a donation, please visit: nannyangelnetwork.com
l-r: Leah Werry, NAN Kingston Champion, and Audrey Guth, NAN Founder, accept a $300,000 donation from Britton Smith, Homestead Land Holdings, Executive Chairman and Scott Topping, Homestead Land Holdings, Chief Operating Officer.
NAN provides free childcare support throughout a mother's recovery or during the palliative care and bereavement period through volunteer Nanny Angels. These volunteers are specially-trained by NAN to help children navigate their moms' cancer.
During visits, Nanny Angels arrive with fun age-appropriate activities designed to engage children, help bring a sense of normalcy back to their lives and reduce stress and anxiety the child may be experiencing. NAN volunteers have professional designations, including: teachers, early childhood educators, social workers, nurses, professional nannies and students from education and medical programs.
Since NAN was founded in 2009, it has supported hundreds of families in the Greater Toronto Area, providing more than 22,000 hours of service, almost 7,000 total visits, supporting more than 750 families. Click here for impact video.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER:
Audrey Guth was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 when she was a wife, mother of four children and entrepreneur. During her treatment, she observed many young mothers struggling to manage the demands of treatment with the never-ending needs of their families. It was then that the Nanny Angel Network was conceived. Audrey Guth was named a L'Oreal Paris Canada Woman of Worth honouree in 2017 and was named a CNN Hero in 2014.
SOURCE Nanny Angel Network