21 December 2018

Diane Adams, Bedfordshire Single Point of Referral & Reception Lead AND Freedom to Speak Up Ambassador, and her colleagues have been collecting Christmas presents for children who are carers in the county aged 6-17.

She has had donations from family members, friends, work colleagues and also local shops. So far, she has collected or bought an amazing 70 presents, 58 selection boxes and 190 large chocolate coins which were donated. 

 She also runs a raffle and has sold over 500 raffle tickets which raises money to buy more presents. Any leftover money will be put toward taking the young people out bowling or other activities.

The huge Christmas tree in the photograph at Whichellos Wharf in Leighton Buzzard was donated by Sainsbury's Homebase in the town.

Diane said, "I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has helped us to make Christmas special for these amazing young people."

Some of the gifts will be given out at a Christmas party for young carers and some will be personally delivered by members of the Carers in Beds team.

 Photograph: L-R: Diane Adams (with Sharon Rogers (Carers in Bedfordshire Locality Lead)%