A Wing pub is launching a new campaign to help provide bedtime packs to child carers.
The Pyjama Project will take place during National Storytelling Week (January 26th to February 2nd) and people are encouraged to donate children’s pyjamas or (good condition) bedtime books at The Cock Inn during the week.
The pyjamas and stories will be gifted to Honeypot, a charity that provides respite breaks for vulnerable children and young carers, giving them time away from the stresses of home life.
Now in its 13th year, National Storytelling Week encourages people to create and enjoy stories. Pub spokesman Amy Garrett said: “A bedtime read is one of the most magical times during childhood, but with 13,000 child carers caring for more than 50 hours a week each, these are children who all too often miss out on the wonder of storytelling.
“The Pyjama Project has been launched so that when the kids come to Honeypot for some much needed respite, they’ll be given a Bedtime Pack with a pair of new pyjamas, a bedtime book and a cuddly toy which they can also take home with them. The idea is to give these kids a bit of much needed TLC.”
More than half of young carers live in one-parent families and almost a third care for someone with mental health problems.
At Honeypot, children who end up being responsible for their parents are given the opportunity to enjoy their childhood in a safe, nurturing environment without having to worry about who is looking after mum or dad. They can take a complete break for a short while and receive on-going support so that their future is brighter.
The High Street pub will also be holding pyjama parties throughout the week to raise extra cash to help Honeypot.
Anyone wishing to buy a pair of pyjamas (boys or girls – any age between five and 12) or donate good condition unwanted children’s books can hand them in at the pub any time before February 2.
If you are unable to visit but would still like to support the campaign go online to www.flamingofoundation.org/shop