Fusion Fostering thanks you for supporting its shoebox campaign

Published: Friday 12th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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National agency Fusion Fostering recently organised a shoebox appeal to help Hull’s homeless community.

The brainchild of James Ash, its Marketing Director who lives in Beverley, the campaign invited businesses and the public to donate all kinds of items.

“We partnered up with Humbercare,” James tells us, “which is based in Hull and works across the region. People were encouraged to drop of clothing, food, toiletries and any other items that would prove useful over Christmas.”

Whilst St Stephen’s, Hull Daily Mail and the C4DI acted as drop-off points, estate agents Woolley and Parks raised £100 for the cause at the Beverley Festival of Christmas.

“We had donations from all around the UK,” says James, “which we picked up using our new Fusion van. It was like a big green Santa’s sleigh!”

The independent organisation was also delighted to see a range of kindhearted activity take place:

“Fusion’s Independence Manager, Laura Parratt, worked with our young people to wrap all kinds of presents. The majority of the input came from our UASC boys (Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children), who really enjoyed participating in this great cause by helping to buy the gifts and put the boxes together.”

Cath Davies is one of Fusion’s care partners in the South West. Despite a recent stay in hospital, her young daughter, Poppy, was determined to do her bit and build a lovely box of prezzies. Meanwhile, Year 7 pupils at Sirius Academy in Hull made dozens of handmade Christmas cards to pass on to service users, whilst their Sixth Form students created a video that shares messages of hope.

The project also inspired members of the Fusion team around the country to tap into local events and support their homeless communities.

“Some people even decided to get creative and make boxes to suit certain needs,” adds James. “We received a few that were child-specific, which we distributed to Humbercare service users that have young families. Plus there were even some boxes donated by dog owners for homeless people who have a pooch to keep them company.”

All of these wonderful gifts were given to Humbercare users who may otherwise not receive anything at all over the festive period. Even receiving a card really helped to brighten up their day and remind them that people care.

“We’d like to thank KCOM for spreading the news during December,” says James. “The kindness and generosity of people in Hull transformed Christmas for hundreds of homeless people of all ages, and we couldn’t be more grateful for your support.”

Now that 2018 is in full flow, Fusion Fostering is running a national recruitment drive. Wherever you are and whatever your circumstances, get in touch with them today if you’re interested in more information. You can speak to their friendly team on 01823 491010 and find out how to become a foster carer on their website.

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Published: Friday 12th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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