Jumpers col­lected for needy chil­dren

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY ABI­GAIL DONOGHUE abi­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @abidonoghuee

AWIDNES coun­cil­lor is ask­ing the com­mu­nity to rally round and help fam­i­lies in need this year.

Kingsway ward coun­cil­lor An­drea Wall has started a Christ­mas jumper col­lec­tion through­out Jan­uary in Hal­ton.

Christ­mas can be an ex­pen­sive time of year with pre­sents, food, dec­o­ra­tions and more, some­thing many strug­gling fam­i­lies feel the strain of ev­ery year.

The Kingsway ward coun­cil­lor has launched the Christ­mas jumper col­lec­tion across Widnes and Runcorn to help pro­vide chil­dren who may not be able to af­ford one next year.

Cllr Wall said: “I came up with the Christ­mas jumper col­lec­tion when I was help­ing a fam­ily who had noth­ing for Christ­mas. I sat and wrote a list of what is seen as nec­es­sary for Christ­mas these days.

“Chil­dren’s Christ­mas jumpers are now gener- ● ally worn in schools on Christ­mas Jumper Day and so I put them on the list of ‘ex­pected items’ for the Christ­mas pe­riod.

“When try­ing to work out how the list could be made eas­ier for strug­gling fam­i­lies, I re­alised that lots of kids Christ­mas jumpers must be thrown away with very lit­tle use out of them – chil­dren grow quickly and they wouldn’t wear a Christ- mas Jumper at any other time.

“There­fore I de­cided to try to col­lect them.

“I’d like to col­lect the jumpers, put them away un­til next Christ­mas for them to be given to fam­i­lies that are strug­gling fi­nan­cially.

“Do­nat­ing a Christ­mas jumper could mean a strug­gling fam­ily have more money to spend on food or other ne­ces­si­ties next Christ­mas.”

The col­lec­tion orig­i­nated in Widnes but has now spilled over into Runcorn with Sew Hal­ton vol­un­teer­ing to do the Runcorn Chil­dren’s Christ­mas jumper col­lec­tion.

Dam­aged Christ­mas jumpers are also ac­cepted with plans to up-cy­cle them into mit­tens and other knit­ted items.

The Jan­uary col­lec­tion points so far are: ● Widnes and Runcorn Di­rect Links, Li­braries and com­mu­nity cen­tres. ● Widnes 4th St Bede’s Beavers and Cubs. ● Hough Green Scout and Guide Group (10th Widnes Scouts and 1st Widnes Guides). ● Widnes 14th Farnworth Methodist, Widnes. ● Sew Hal­ton, Runcorn. ● The Snig, West Bank. ● St Bede’s Catholic Ju­nior School. ● The Stu­dio, Street. ● Kat Jen­nings at Fair­field School, Widnes. ● Vicki Naughton at Lunts Heath School, Widnes.

Any other par­ents who would like to vol­un­teer to co-or­di­nate a col­lec­tion at their school or lo­cal busi­nesses can con­tact Cllr Wall on Face­book. Lacey

Cllr An­drea Wall

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