Volunteers to bag 1000th support package for disadvantaged children

Volunteers in Tamworth will tomorrow (Nov 14th) complete the Buddy Bag Foundation’s 1000th Buddy Bag for children taken in to emergency care.

The charity, which has been running since January, provides packs of toys and essentials to children across the country taken in to emergency care. The youngsters, who often leave situations of domestic violence at short notice, leave all of their own possessions behind so the Buddy Bag gives them treasured toys and essentials they can call their own.

Volunteers across the Midlands pack bags each month for the charity and tomorrow (Nov 14th) the charity will pack its 1000th bag at an event in Tamworth.

Founder Karen Williams said she was excited to be reaching this important milestone and was looking forward to continuing the good work.

The mother-of-three, from Linton, said: “Reaching the 1000th Buddy Bag is an amazing achievement. I am so proud of all the hard work from volunteers and supporters who have helped us get to this stage. Every bag we pack means that we are helping one more child who desperately needs our support at such a traumatic time in their life.

“It may seem like such a little thing but every volunteer who has helped to pack a bag or company that has donated items such as toothbrushes, books or toys is helping to make a really big difference to young people’s lives.”

Mrs Williams started the charity, the only one of its kind in the UK, after finding out about a similar scheme in Australia. Volunteers help each month to pack toys and essential items in to age specific bags as part of the Buddy Bag scheme.

The bags are then distributed to refuges across the country for children taken in to emergency care.

Leah Ellison, who volunteers for the charity, said she was honoured to be able to help.

She said: “There is a real sense of achievement every time we finish packing the buddy bags. It is great to know that I am part of something that will make a real difference. I cannot imagine what the children are going through when they are taken from their homes and arrive into care. So, if the few hours I take to put the items in to a bag can offer these youngsters some comfort then it is more than worthwhile.”