Poppy's story

Staff at Children North East care for many children and their parents living in difficult circumstances – this is the story of just one of the families helped by our Families and Parenting Service last December:

Two year old Poppy* was placed in foster care almost as soon as she was born so that her mum, Jackie, could embark on a recovery programme to help with her drug addiction.

In the run up to Christmas last year, Jackie had successfully completed her rehabilitation and was looking forward to being reunited with her little girl for their very first Christmas together.

She was keen to make it a really special time – and to prove that she could be a good mum to Poppy. However, Jackie’s financial circumstances were challenging. So Maria, a family practitioner from Children North East’s Intensive Interventions Service, who works closely with parents who have had their children removed and was supporting Jackie, made it her business to ensure Poppy and Jackie had the best Christmas ever.

Maria helped mum get her finances in order and Children North East provided her with an assortment of gifts for Poppy. Tracey Welsh, who manages our Families and Parenting Service, said: 

We also put together some gifts for mum because she was isolated with no close family nearby and we knew Christmas Day would be very different for her that year.

“We took a food hamper along to help them over the Christmas period with both fresh and non-perishable food and it was so gratefully received because there was huge pressure on mum about how she was going to manage. She needed to demonstrate that she was going to do her absolute best given the circumstances.

“We were delighted to hear they had a wonderful first Christmas together and much of that was down to the generosity of our donors who understand that Christmas can be a difficult time for lots of people.”

* Names have been changed for safeguarding reasons

You can offer hope to North East children this Christmas

This year we're inviting individuals, companies and community groups to fundraise and donate to help families across the region. Children North East will gladly accept vouchers for supermarkets; cinemas or clothing stores or monetary donations (but please don't send money in the post). Please scroll further down to find out how best to donate.

£10 could buy a child a jumper to keep out the cold

£25 could buy a cinema trip for a family to see a festive movie

£30 could buy a warm duvet for a family facing fuel poverty

£50 could put a Christmas dinner on the table 

  • If you are fundraising for the appeal in your workplace or community setting, you may wish to set up your own fundraising page (though this is not a requirement) - you can do this by clicking the fundraise button at the top of this page. 
  • You can send us a cheque, made payable to 'Children North East', along with a gift aid form (please don't send cash in the post).
  • You can donate online towards our appeal here.
  • Or if you wish to pay the money directly into our bank account, please call us at 0191 256 2444 for the bank details.