12:01 Friday 13 December 2013

Hamper scheme helps to light up Christmas


VULNERABLE tenants have expressed their appreciation for a scheme designed to light up their Christmas.

Twenty-five festive hampers have been delivered to those who are house bound, disabled or on their own, as well as families struggling financially.

The gesture is part of South Derbyshire District Council’s Dreamscheme and runs for the third consecutive year.

Young people from the area helped staff in housing services to fill the hampers high with mince pies, cake, tinned and packed food, chocolate and spreads.

Wayne Hoult, 42, who cares for his mother Margaret, 63, and his gran Nellie Cooper, 85, at their home in Linton, said: “We really appreciate getting this hamper and it is so lovely to see the young people involved in giving something back to the community.”

Mother-of-four Leanne Evans, 32, from Newhall, said: “The kids will really enjoy rummaging though to see what is in the hamper and picking out what they want. I never win anything so this is a first. I would also like to find out more about Dreamscheme as my kids may join the scheme next time.”

The Dreamscheme is a youth project involving eight to 15-year-olds who are encouraged to take part in an activity that benefits the local community.

The participants are rewarded for their hard work and commitment with points. The points can then be used as payment towards a trip or activity of their choice.

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