Children distribute care packages

Pictures to go in packagesChildren in St Helen’s have been delivering care parcels to the vulnerable in their community.
Becky Taylor, a Christ Church Haydock URC Girl’s Brigade leader, explained that although the girls weren’t meeting they wanted to do something to help.

The leaders are distributing the packages – safely, with social distancing – and four children of the leaders are helping. Sisters Mia and Amelia Davig (11 and 8 years old) and Bella Hattersley (11) are helping distribute, and 11 year old Emma Dolan is making the cards to go in the packages. 

Mia explained, “It made me sad after watching the news and seeing all the old people who don’t have any family or friends to help. I asked my mum if we could try and help people local to us. We got extra things with our shopping and gave some things to our elderly neighbours. My mum, who is a girl’s brigade leader, asked others and put a message out on our Facebook group. We got lots of food and money donated to us, so we split it into parcels and took them to vulnerable.”

Girls with care packagesSo far 41 packs have been distributed, which contain tins of fruit and veg, part baked bread rolls, tea bags, biscuits and chocolates, toilet roll and a card.

Becky added, “There are a lot of vulnerable people in St Helen’s, they may not be desperate for food but they are lonely or have things going on. One man we help has learning disabilities. He is in his 50s and has never lived away from his mum. Now she is in hospital, and we believe these care parcels are giving people hope in an uncertain time, we’re letting them know we’re here for them."