Council workers in charitable success

Article dated Thursday Dec 14, 2017 at 04:19 PM

Hundreds of Bradford Council staff have displayed tremendous generosity again this year by donating to people less fortunate than themselves.

Colleagues from various Council departments have all given generously to the four schemes which have meant children, care leavers and women seeking refuge have all benefited this Christmas.

The four collections were:

Secret Santa: Staff chose a gift tag with the age and sex of a child to buy a gift for who may not otherwise have received a Christmas present. A total of 276 gifts were received, along with 36 selection boxes and 24 rolls of wrapping paper. In addition Morrisons Supermarkets donated 100 selection boxes as well as further supplies of gift wrap to the appeal.

Schools and nurseries across the district have also taken part with their own mini appeals for this initiative.

Leaving Care: These donations of presents came from Bradford council staff and from Bradford foster carers. The presents are for young people aged between 16 and 25 who are leaving the care of the Local Authority. A total of 212 gifts were received.

Jane Collins, a Bradford Foster carer who coordinated the collection from carers, said: "Our foster children may grow up and leave our homes but they stay in our hearts and we continue to be there for them. This Christmas we wanted to extend our support to care leavers who may have left residential homes or short term placements without the same support networks in place." 

Women's Refuge: Four large boxes of items have been donated by council staff for women in the district and their families who are in hostels. Examples of the gifts the women will receive include hampers made up of toiletries and cosmetics. The children will receive chocolate hampers and colouring books.

Barnardo's: Colleagues in Bradford Council have donated things like chocolates, biscuits, toiletries and warm socks for the Barnardo's charity which supports vulnerable children and young people across the city.

Jim Hopkinson, Bradford Council’s Deputy Director for Social Care, said: "The response to this year's appeals for those in need in the district has been tremendous.

"The Secret Santa Appeal is in its 28th year and the appeal receives more donations year on year.

"There are many people, including children, care leavers and women seeking refuge, who will receive these gifts knowing that people care.

"It is humbling that the kindness and generosity of our staff will really make a difference to a such a large number of people this Christmas."

Social Workers are now delivering the gifts to those in most need as part of their Christmas schedule of visits.

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