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Foster Carers spread Christmas cheer to Knowsley care leavers 

by Gemma Melling

Care leavers in Knowsley are receiving Christmas hampers created especially for them thanks to Foster Carers in Knowsley.

Packed with chocolate and festive food the hampers will be given to care leavers who are young people aged 18 to 25 years old who have previously been in the care of the local authority. They have often experienced disruptive and traumatic childhoods and are then expected to become independent a lot younger than their peers.

Foster Carers in Knowsley wanted to do something special this Christmas after another difficult year. Organised by Foster Carers Rita and Lynne, care leavers will be treated to a Christmas hamper which includes food and treats for them to enjoy this festive season that foster carers hope will help spread the cheer throughout the holidays.

Rita Dignall, Chair of Knowsley Foster Carers Association was one of the foster carers leading the initiate “It’s so hard for some young people when they leave care and they’re living alone.  It’s been another difficult year for everyone but when you’re a young person who is struggling, then Christmas can be really hard. We just wanted them to have nice treats and to know we care about them.”

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Knowsley Council, said: “We are extremely grateful for the Knowsley Foster Carers who have created such wonderful hampers for our care leavers this Christmas.

“We’re really proud of our foster carers and their ongoing generosity to our young people. We have a wonderful fostering community here in Knowsley, who have come together and donated not just food but their time too.

“I know many of our foster carers will welcome young people who’ve now left their care back to spend Christmas with them, but for some young people they may be alone.

“By putting together these hampers our foster carers have shown care leavers that they are not alone and will always be part of our special community.”