COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Volunteer youth group delivers 50 hampers to Derbyshire housing tenants

The Voices of Youth Team show off their hamper efforts.
The Voices of Youth Team show off their hamper efforts.

A volunteer youth group organised a seasonal surprise by delivering nearly 50 hampers to the community for Christmas.

The Voices of Youth Community Rangers, from housing association Futures Homescape, went out on December 23 to deliver the hampers to tenants who were nominated by their neighbours and staff from the housing association.

The Langley Mill branch of ASDA donated around £300 worth of items to create the gifts, which were delivered to people who might otherwise struggle to pay for Christmas or those who are unable to get out and about.

The team at Somercotes Thornton’s Chocolates also donated some sweet treats for the hampers.

Futures Homescape Executive Director Paul Parkinson said: “Thank you to ASDA, Thornton’s and all the volunteers that have helped put the hampers together and deliver them; it shows enormous community spirit.

“These hampers will be delivered to people who need a little extra help at this time of year and it will make someone’s Christmas to know that their community cares about them at what can be a difficult time of year.”

The hampers contained luxury items such as, mince pies, Christmas crackers, tinned food, pasta and other festive treats to help someone enjoy something a little extra this Christmas.

The young volunteers also raised more than £440 for Cancer Research at their Christmas fayre as part of a week of activities during the school holidays by running a tombola, raffle and selling cakes at Futures Homescape’s Ripley office.