Firefighters from Hamilton bring Christmas Cheer to Young People

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Firefighters from Hamilton Fire Station have donated money to help some young people have a brighter Christmas.

This year the Station was unable to host their usual children’s party and the crews decided to use their social club funds to make a difference for others.

They have donated £250 to the ‘Who Cares?’ Advocacy Group which will go towards Christmas gifts and meals for care experienced young people aged 16+.

Local Care Support Worker, Ann Benton, said: “This age group can often be forgotten within the looked after young people remit. There are a number of young people who have no family or support network from varying backgrounds and current living situations. ‘Who Cares?’ focusses on the complexities of this group and are there for them.

“At this time of year, we have 40 young people who will not receive a Christmas gift and 29 of them who will not enjoy a Christmas meal.”

Development Officer, Callum Holt from ‘Who Cares?’ said “We are delighted to receive this money which will go a long way to making a difference to our young people this Christmas.

“Even during COVID 19 our team is making a significant impact which our young people are expressing this to us. We are extremely grateful to the firefighters from Hamilton.” 

Crew Commander Scott Perrie said: “This is a great opportunity to link up with the voluntary sector who work with people less fortunate than ourselves. Providing a gift and a meal for these young people to enjoy on Christmas day feels like the very least we can do.

“Working with partner agencies such as ‘Who Cares?’ reinforces our commitment to corporate parenting, where the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service looks to support care experienced people and to improve outcomes and life chances for everyone who lives in Scotland.”

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