1. ITV Report

Council overwhelmed by generosity of North Yorkshire people

Staff at North Yorkshire County Council have been overwhelmed by the generosity Photo: NYCC

Staff at North Yorkshire County Council have been overwhelmed by the success of an appeal for items to make up Christmas gift boxes to donate to vulnerable young and elderly people in the county.

The council's customer service centre is the first point of contact for adult and children’s social care and staff are keen supporters of fundraising activities that help children and adults in need.

They decided to launch a campaign to benefit people in North Yorkshire, appealing to council colleagues and on social media followers.

Allison Forster, who was involved in organising the project, said:

The response was overwhelming, with boxes of goodies being received from all across the county and so many contributions from North Yorkshire residents as well as staff.”

– Allison Forster, North Yorkshire County Council
More than 100 Christmas parcels have been handed out to vulnerable people in North Yorkshire Credit: PA

Staff gave up their time to sort and pack the items into boxes, including toys, sweets, colouring books, crayons, socks, gloves and scarves, toiletries and Christmas food for adults.

One lady explained she had lost her grandma recently and had packed a shoebox full of items her grandmother would have liked to have received, so she would like her parcel to go to an elderly lady, which was arranged through the council’s super mobile library.”

– Allison Forster, North Yorkshire County Council
Gifts will go to less fortunate children and adults in North Yorkshire Credit: PA

More than 100 gift boxes were made up and distributed widely through organisations including The Crossing hostel in Northallerton for homeless young people, the Friarage Hospital paediatrics unit and the Maggie Neil women’s refuge in Northallerton.

More than 100 boxes were handed out in total.

This is a great initiative and reflects the extraordinary public service commitment there is from staff within North Yorkshire County Council. Well done to everybody involved. We hope this makes Christmas a little brighter than it might have been for a few people in North Yorkshire.”

– Richard Flinton, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council