One Community Researcher, Kylie Barton, has this year decided to forgo the festivities to raise money for a cause close to her heart.
Kylie Barton, from Eastleigh Hampshire, took the decision when the charity she volunteers for, Eastleigh Young Carers, lost £120,000 worth of funding. Kylie cites several reasons for her decision, including the commercialisation of Christmas, that it is a holiday for those who follow religion, and quite simply because she doesn’t need any more ‘stuff’.
Eastleigh Young Carers is a local project supporting 8 -18 year olds who are caring for a family member with a disability or illness. We have been working in the Eastleigh Borough for over 16 years. Our aim as a project is to improve Young Carers lives by providing opportunities for respite, to meet others in a similar situation, and take some time out of their caring role. We have over 150 Young Carers registered on the project, and from census data and research we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg within Eastleigh Borough.
Kylie has also recently been nominated by colleagues for the Halifax Giving Extra Community Awards for her time contributions to the project.
“There are others in this world far more in need than me, including the amazing and inspiring young people I volunteer for. This is why this year I am doing things a little different, and am urging others to do the same. Instead of wasting money on toiletry sets that never get used, yet more socks, or an amount of sugary treats we shouldn’t even consumer in a year let alone a few days, I am asking people to give whatever money they were planning on spending on me to my chosen charity. In return, I am asking those who I would buy presents for which charity they would like me to donate to in their name. People have been more than happy to take part and think it is a lovely idea.”
If you would like to help Kylie on her quest, you can donate to Eastleigh Young Carers (part of One Community) here (make sure to leave a message saying it is for Kylie’s Young Carers Christmas appeal).
You can also read the full story as featured on the Huffington Post here.