A Bristol woman has created care packages to hand out to elderly people who may struggle over the colder months. Tierney Leigh decided she wanted to do something to help others after speaking with her sister about the Cost of Living Crisis which many in the city are worried about.
Ms Leigh, whose mother runs the Little Stoke Community Cafe, has paid for and put together the care packages herself and will be keeping them at the cafe, where people will be able to pick them up from the end of the month. She told Bristol Live: “I have been struggling with depression and it has been extremely mentally taxing.
“I have had to take a step back from my life and re-evaluate what I bring to the world. For a while now I have been wanting to do something to help others and while I was speaking to my sister about the energy crisis it clicked that I wanted to make these care packages.
She continued: “I don’t want anyone to struggle and although it’s only a little gesture, I hope it can brighten someone’s day. It’s also keeping me busy and focused on positive things which is helpful.”
Ms Leigh, who is 22, described that she will be handing out the care packages at Little Stoke Community Cafe every day, except Mondays and, while it will be on a first come first served basis, she said that if anyone wishes to contact the cafe she can make sure she has packages available for them.
She also confirmed that individuals will be able to collect care packages on behalf of their relatives and added that she will have a cash donation pot at the cafe, as well as donations of hats, gloves, tea bags and anything else that someone might find useful during the winter. Items currently in the packages, include:
- Lip balm
- Hand sanitiser
- A candle
- Slipper socks
- Hot chocolate
- Tea bags
Ms Leigh has now also set up a GoFundMe page where she is urging anyone who would like to, to donate. She said: “I’m going to be running this for as long as I can and with any donations that come in over the winter, we can make this really good.”
Since spreading the word about her own care packages, Ms Leigh has also inspired others to do the same. She said: “I spoke to my mum about giving out the care packages at the cafe as I know it would be easy for a lot of people to access.
“I have also been contacted by a few different people who are interested in setting up their own care packages in their areas, which is absolutely amazing!”