Kind Norma spreads joy to people in Rugby

Norma Wilson.

Norma Wilson.

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A Rugby woman has created hundreds of hampers for young people who don’t have any family to support them over the Christmas period.

Norma Wilson, a placement support worker for the Rugby Fostering Team, has worked tireless to help others over the last 15 years.

In 2014, Norma created 62 hampers for the young people of Rugby but then decided they should go to those who were most in need throughout Warwickshire.

Owing to the success of previous years, Norma now hopes to break her record by putting together 100 hampers for young people and asylum seekers who have recently come out of foster care and now live alone.

The hampers include gifts such as Christmas socks, gloves, mince pies, biscuits, soups, toothbrushes, sheets and anything else that might be of use. If the foster leaver has a baby or is pregnant, Norma will also put presents on top for the child.

Norma asked neighbours, friends and colleagues for support and contacted various supermarkets and shops earlier in the year to gather more donations. Retail shop Next take part every year and recently donated 35 male and female toiletry sets. Tesco gave £50 to spend in their store.

Norma is overwhelmed by the response and said: “This year has been the best ever for gifts and donations towards the cause and I have seen just how kind and generous everyone can be at Christmas.

“Social workers receive dozens of cards from young people saying how much the boxes have helped them and it’s always nice to think that somebody cares. This is the busiest time of year for me and it’s a huge success to us all.”

Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio holder for Children’s Health said: “A huge well done to Norma for bringing such positivity and enthusiasm to such a worthwhile and rewarding cause. She is well known for her hard work.”

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