Jumpers collected for needy children
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