Nine-year-old Isla Collier-Baker from St Anne’s on Sea, recently donated over 40 of her unused teddies as gifts for the young carers at the Blackpool Carers.
Isla was keen that her beloved teddies that she’d collected over the years, would be loved by children all over the Blackpool area, and so took it upon herself to sort through her bedroom cupboards and drawers, searching for teddies in good condition, that she had not played with for a while. She knew that she was so lucky to receive these in the first place, but felt it was time for other boys and girls to enjoy them now.
Beaverbrooks House provide an extensive range of services and support for carers from the age of 5 to 105 and their families – their purpose to make ‘A Better Life for Carers’. Carers from age 5 to 18 are known as young carers and often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. A young carer may do practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping; physical tasks, such as lifting or helping a parent on stairs; personal care, such as dressing, washing, or helping with toileting needs – to name but a few. They may even find themselves managing the family budget or collecting prescriptions and administering medication. It was for this reason that Isla decided she would like to reward these wonderful hard-working young carers with a little pre-Christmas gift!
Isla’s mother, Claire, said “I was so proud of Isla. We went out and bought some cellophane, ribbon and bows, and made the teddies look as good as new. When we saw all the teddies lined up ready to be loaded in the car, Isla was adamant that she wanted these donated, even though she knew she could get some extra pocket money if she sold them online. I think it is credit to her that she wanted to donate them to other boys and girls in the area”.
Isla, a pupil at Heyhouses Endowed C of E Primary School in St Anne’s, said “I have always looked after my teddies, and love playing with them. I still have so many left in my bedroom, so I probably won’t miss the ones I have given away. It’s nice that they are going to a good home. I hope the boys and girls love and care for them as much as I have in the past”.
Director Faye Atherton from Beaverbrooks House said “These generous gifts are going to make the children so happy. It is such a kind thing to do. We can’t thank Isla enough“.
Isla visited Beaverbrooks House on Thursday (28th November), coincidentally the same day that Radio Wave were also raising money via their live day-long auction, which saw a grand total of over £14,500 raised for this worthwhile charity. Isla was lucky enough to have a full tour around the building and its facilities, and chatted with the staff, volunteers and some of the young carers who were there.
Beaverbrooks House had an amazing transformation of the building a few years ago when the BBC team from DIY SOS paid a visit. The programme clearly highlighted the unbelievable support and generosity of hundreds of volunteers who gave their time, services and donations to help the organisation. Isla wanted to continue that level of generosity.
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