CHILDREN NORTH EAST - Hope for Christmas Appeal
This Christmas is likely to be a very different kind of Christmas for everybody. And sadly, for many in the North East, instead of it being a special time to look forward to, it will be just another cause for anxiety and stress.
Parents shouldn’t have to choose between heating their homes this Christmas and feeding their little ones, yet they are. They shouldn’t have to depend on food banks, yet many are.
Families are facing real financial hardship as they struggle with losing their income, through furlough, through redundancy or through long-term unemployment.
The North East has seen the country’s biggest rise in child poverty since 2014. Almost a quarter (23.7 per cent) of children in the North-East now live in poverty before housing costs have been taken into account, up from 17.3 per cent just four years ago – that’s the biggest percentage rise in the country.
What’s even more shocking is that those figures are from before the Covid outbreak began taking its grim toll on people’s health and livelihoods. This disease is hitting those already trapped in deprivation the hardest. But Children North East is working hard to combat the worst effects of child poverty. Will you help the families we work with to have a happier Christmas? Could you offer our children some hope?
If you can afford to take part in this Christmas Day Balloon race, this will make a real difference to the babies, children and young people we help, not just this Christmas but into the new year.
So purchase your balloon, design it and enter the race. As part of the race you'll have the chance to battle against 1000's of other entrants taking part in the same EcoRace for some amazing prizes:
£10 Book Tokens
The top Children North East balloon will win a copy of our fantastic cookbook by our young people, 'Cook Yourself Happy'.
Our fundraising target is: £500
Gross monies raised so far: £9
Supporters so far: 1
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Izzy Dog joined the race on December 1, 2020, 12:53 PM
David Photo 2020 joined the race on December 1, 2020, 12:53 PM
Northerly Rose joined the race on December 1, 2020, 12:53 PM