Hopespring, a charity that works throughout Tyne and Wear regularly collects donations of foods and toiletries and delivers them to young please leaving care. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic the team have continued to collect donations.
Volunteers from the charity who usually regularly collect donations from local shoppers in supermarkets, have instead been collecting donations from local businesses, plus the charity purchase a sizeable quantity of supplies each month thanks to monetary donations from the public.
One of the service areas provided by Together for Children, the organisation that delivers children’s services in Sunderland, includes practical support to young people from age 16 that prepares them for independent living.
Together for Children provides semi-independent accommodation with on-site support staff that supervise the accommodation.
Lois Gott, Founder and CEO of Hopespring said: “Now, more than ever is a troubling time for young people leaving care who don’t have the financial support often provided by family.
“Our hampers include essentials such as pasta, tinned goods, toiletries and household cleaning items. Each hamper should last around two weeks. We are thankful for all the kind donations that have enabled us to deliver around 80kg of food to the accommodation provided by Together for Children."
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive of Together for Children, said: “Hopespring is a charity that our staff have supported with donations and our young people and staff teams are hugely grateful for their continued support.
“Young people in particular are facing increased hardship as the global economy is impacted by this pandemic and many with jobs in retail, hospitality and other sectors have seen a loss income. We know that this is a very anxious time for our young people, so to receive a food hamper brings a real life-line in these uncertain times.”
If you would like to find out more about Hopespring please visit https://hopespring.info.
Photo Caption: Hopespring volunteers pictured collecting donations prior to lockdown restrictions