An appeal to help orphans in Uganda and children in need locally is being supported by Blackburn with Darwen Council’s fostering service.
School children from QEGS in Blackburn will be accompanied by local radio station 2BR, taking donations of clothing, shoes, glasses and underwear for orphaned children in Uganda.
The Council’s Letsfoster service is supporting the effort to collect clothes to send out to children in Uganda.
As part of the visit, Blackburn pupils will be helping to carry out building works at the Good Samaritan school and also spend time at the village aid projects and local hospitals.
Councillor Maureen Bateson, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “I would like to commend the fact that young people from our area want to go and help other young people in Uganda.
“This is a great opportunity to highlight the needs of young people in other parts of the world whilst also identifying the needs for our local children and young people who can't live at home and need someone to care for them.
“Locally we have many children who are waiting for a foster family and hope that by linking in with this campaign that it will help raise awareness of the need for more people to consider fostering and also the global need to help children living in these difficult conditions.”
The campaign is aiming to collect 100 kilos of clothing. The Council will be encouraging staff to donate unwanted clothing, shoes and glasses, which the convoy will take out with them.
2BR presenter Sarah Collins added: “We would like to thank Blackburn with Darwen’s Letsfoster service for linking up with us to help raise the profile of this campaign.
“Just like those children in Uganda we are trying to help, it’s also important that we don’t forget locally that there are many children who need foster families.”
Around 20 students will be heading to Uganda in July. As well as taking donations they’ve been tasked with raising money to pay for building work at the school and for teacher accommodation.
QEGS spokesman Andy Buckingham said: “There are so many children who are without families and we want to do what we can to help.
“Although not all the 250 pupils live at the school in Uganda, there are still a substantial number who have no family and call school home, the girls were using a converted goat shed to sleep in whilst others stay with teachers who live in very poor accommodation.”
You can donate items by dropping them off at:
Brunlea Travel on Hammerton street in Burnley
2BR studios – 2a Petre Court, Clayton-le-moors, Accrington
Queen Elizabeth Grammar school in Blackburn (only until 12th July 2017)
Or alternatively get in touch with Sarah on 01254 350 360 and she’ll come and collect any donations you have.
In Blackburn with Darwen there’s a shortage of foster carers, particularly for older children, children with disabilities and sibling groups.
Almost anybody can be considered for fostering. If you are single, a couple, in a same sex relationship or even if you are in employment, you can still be considered for fostering.
If you’re not ready to become a full time foster carer, you could consider becoming a short breaks carer, to fit in with work or other commitments.
You don’t have to own your own home to be considered for fostering, as long as you have a spare bedroom and room in your heart.