Placement Support Worker Norma Wilson is once again spreading cheer over the festive period by putting together a fresh set of hampers for Warwickshire care leavers.
For 17 years Norma has created hundreds of festive hampers for the Warwickshire Fostering Service. They are delivered to young people all over the county who don’t have any family to give them support over Christmas.
For those without families, Christmas can be a lonely and difficult time and many do not receive any gifts at all. Norma’s selfless work will see that fewer care leavers go without.
Having begun by only creating a few hampers, over the last couple of years the amount has snowballed.
In 2016 Norma created 145 hampers and is looking to beat this by creating a whopping 175 this year! The hampers will go to young people and asylum seekers who have recently come out of foster care and now live alone.
As well as Christmas gifts, the hampers also contain essentials such as socks, gloves, mince pies, biscuits, soups, toothbrushes, sheets and anything else that might be of use. 30 hampers will also go to young people with babies and Norma is accepting donations such as hand-knitted cardigans, hats and gloves to be included in the boxes.
Norma has continued to ask neighbours, friends and work colleagues for support and has contacted various supermarkets and shops to gather more donations and has been overwhelmed by the positive response.
“I’m really happy to be doing this for the 17th year running and really want to beat my record of 145 hampers from last year. I’m very grateful to everyone who has donated, particularly Tesco who have been very generous’
“I’ve included Santa Claus bags for the young people who have babies so they have something to give their children on Xmas morning!”
Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health Cllr Les Caborn said:
“I really want to thank Norma for her commitment to providing Warwickshire care leavers with something special this Christmas. Her commitment and selflessness really does Warwickshire County Council proud.
“As well as spreading the Christmas cheer, Norma’s actions will provide those most vulnerable in our county with feeling that they’re not alone and that someone cares”
If you wish to donate any items, please contact the Warwickshire Fostering Service on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can freephone 0800 408 1556.
For more information, please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering