May the Force be with you! 

- You've helped us hand out an amazing ONE THOUSAND activity packs to children around our region to keep them entertained during lockdown and beyond.

And to help us celebrate such an out of this world achievement, a squad of Star Wars costumers - including Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and a couple of Stormtroopers popped into Children North East HQ.

One of our volunteers, Julia Ruane, who's been helping put the packs together even got to play an impromptu game of frisbee with Darth Vader (aka Mark Poulsen from the North East Legion, the Star Wars fundraisers).

Frisbees are amongst the thousands of donations that have flooded in for children along with stationery, books, felt tips and other craft materials that have gone into the packs that are being handed out to families throughout the North East.

Culture Bridge North East and Arts Council England are supporting the project as are other funding bodies, businesses, community groups and individuals.

Luke Bramhall, Schools Research and Delivery Manager for Children North East, said:

We are over the moon with the incredible donations and support we have had in ensuring that families who are struggling the most with the impact of both the lockdown and financial insecurity can get to enjoy the activities and opportunities that these resource packs present.

“We are delighted to have distributed a thousand packs, but are not wanting to stop there. With continued support we target hitting 5,000 packs, but to make that a reality please do get in touch to contribute stationery, craft kits or games.” 

Anyone wishing to help can email Luke at [email protected]