15 December 2021 | Collaboration | Our Work

Care leavers to receive gifts this Christmas

98 care leavers will be presented with individual gift bags thanks to the generosity of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) and local suppliers.

Every year the council runs a “Christmas Gift Box for Care Leavers” initiative where council staff are encouraged to donate presents to care leavers who may not ordinarily receive any gifts at Christmas.

Working with LCRIG and local suppliers this year, the local authority managed to raise a total of £2,950, with the money raised used to create individual gift bags, containing thoughtful individual gifts for both girls and boys.

Head of Highways at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Dwayne Lowe, said: “Due to the kind generosity of LCRIG, Tensar, Connor Specialist Paving, Jointline, AJ Bretherton Ground Works, Uni-Play, Multevo and Caseys, we have managed to provide gift boxes for 98 of our care leavers within the over 21 age category.  This is an amazing achievement and will make a huge difference to some of our young adults who grew up in care.

“This would not have been possible without the support of the LCRIG team as all the buying, wrapping and creation of the gift bags was undertaken by Emily and Adam from LCRIG and all at Blackburn with Darwen are hugely appreciative of this enormous and generous effort!”

Susanne Ingham, Secretariat at LCRIG said: “We are delighted to be supporting the “Christmas Gift Box for Care Leavers” initiative again this year. The presents have been chosen especially for the over 21 age group and we hope they will bring some Christmas cheer to care leavers this festive season.  A big thank you to our very own LCRIG elves, Emily and Adam for their tremendous efforts and to all of the suppliers who have contributed so generously.”

The companies that have contributed to this year’s gifts are: