Watford Young People create Christmas Boxes for Care Leavers

01 December 2017

Young people from Watford Youth Council, supported by YC Hertfordshire, have been proud to spend the last few weeks raising money to help make up Christmas boxes for Care Leavers.

Inspired by an appeal from colleagues in Hertfordshire County Council who support young people who have left care, the Youth Council set about fundraising to make a difference to the lives of other young people over the festive period by giving them gift wrapped boxes of treats for the Christmas period.

The Youth Council began by researching how they could best raise funds – and established that there was a market for home-made cakes among their friends and families! Over a period of three weeks they then made brownies and blondies to sell and on the third week they even gained sponsorship to see how many brownies they could make between them in an hour!  As a result, they were able to raise more than £100 during the period.

The young people then wrote a long list of all the items that they wanted to contribute to the Christmas boxes – and were able to purchase everything they needed. These items will go towards making a real difference to the number of care leavers receiving exciting boxes this Christmas.

“Wow, that’s amazing” commented Lewis, age 17, ‘I can’t believe how much money we raised’ while Hawra, also 17, added, ‘it makes you more appreciative of what we have’. Ria, aged 14 commented “It was really fun to be involved in making someone else’s Christmas special.”

If you would like to find out more about Watford Youth Council, contact Laura on 01442 454060.