Northumberland Arms owners lend a Christmas helping hand

Some of the young people in need in the county will receive a festive treat after Northumberland Arms owners Neil and Fee Purvis got in touch with the Northumberland Foster Care Team.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 12:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 6:24 pm
From left, Christine Logan, Caroline Matthews, Neil Purvis and Fee Purvis.
From left, Christine Logan, Caroline Matthews, Neil Purvis and Fee Purvis.

While children in foster care receive presents from their foster carers and birth families, Children’s Services staff work with local businesses to give presents to youngsters in the community who would otherwise go without this Christmas.

The pub in Bedlington offered to be a drop-off point for gifts and it has generously donated £500 to help boost the fund-raising for these children.

Neil said: “We wanted to offer some help to children in the local community and saw a post about the Christmas appeal on social media.

“We know Christine Logan, the manager of the foster care team, as she regularly shares Facebook posts looking for new people to foster local children and young people, so we asked if we could help out.”

Residents can drop-in with unwrapped gifts for children aged from babies to 17-years-old at the pub until Sunday.

Children’s services staff will then collect the donations in their own time and distribute to local families.

As well as thanking Neil and Fee for their support, Christine said a ‘Is fostering for me?’ event is taking place at Bedlington Community Centre, Front Street West, on Thursday, January 16 from 5.15pm.

Call recruitment officer Caroline Matthews on 01670 626262 for more details on the informal session.