Carers' Resource is the local, specialist carers' centre for the
Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon, and Craven districts of Yorkshire.

Hampers bring festive cheer for familiesLast changed: Wednesday 10 August, 2016

Young carers and their families in Harrogate and Craven are set to have some of the Christmas stress lifted thanks to a special delivery.

For we have received a bumper donation and our staff are now distributing some 90 food hampers and 155 gifts – all thanks to the generosity of staff at the Department for Work and Pensions in Leeds.

Pictured with gifts and hampers are Young Carer workers (left to right) Hettie Flynn, Laura Frith and James Woodhead-Dixon.

FESTIVE GIFTS: Pictured with presents and hampers are Young Carer workers (left to right) Hettie Flynn, Laura Frith and James Woodhead-Dixon.

Carers’ Resource Director Chris Whiley says: “Staff at the DWP in Leeds have continued to support young carers across the Harrogate and Craven districts, and the surrounding rural areas, and their selfless generosity allows all of our young carers and families to have a happy Christmas.

“For these families to receive a hamper and gifts it really means so much to them – as their Christmas can be so different to many other people’s experience at this time of year, and this support and recognition makes a big difference.”

The hampers include everything needed for a traditional festive family meal, and gifts include toys, games and books for children.

The story has also been featured in the Craven Herald.

Laura Frith, Young Carer and Family Worker at Carers’ Resource, says: “At this time of year we are surrounded by images of perfect families enjoying a perfect Christmas but the reality for young carers can be very different, so for some it can be a challenging time.

“It is such a privilege to distribute these presents and hampers because it makes such a difference to families to know that people care.

“The people who work in the DWP across Yorkshire allow this to happen for our families and for that we are forever grateful.

“Now we can play Santa’s elves and bring Christmas cheer to all our families.”