Young people at Ferndene show they can be 'Heroes' through charity shoeboxes
Young people and staff at Ferndene have been putting together shoeboxes to send to servicemen and women stationed abroad.
So far they have put together more than 60 of these care packages as part of 'Shoeboxes for our Heroes', packed with helpful necessities and treats, including sweets, biscuits, toiletires and magazines.
The packages act as a much-needed morale boost for those in the Forces and give young people at Ferndene the chance to complete the volunteering part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Boxes put together by the youngsters have been sent to Iraq and Afghanistan and already they have been sent some lovely letters of thanks from grateful recipients who are delpoyed far from home.
Nursing assistant and activities lead at Fraser unit, Peter Haddow, told the Hexham Courant: “It’s lovely that they’ve taken the time to reply.
"The young people are really enjoying it, they think it’s great. They understand the feeling of being away from home.
"Donations have been coming from staff and families; Prudhoe is a good and generous community.”
One young person at Ferndene who takes part in the project said he enjoyed sending the packages to people who are far from home, adding it was "awesome" when they heard back from recipients.
On behalf of the young people and the team, Peter would like to thank everyone who has helped by donating items.
If you would like to help the ‘Shoeboxes for our Heroes’ appeal, there is a collection box for donations at the reception of Ferndene. Alternatively, you can email Peter.
You can find out more about 'Shoeboxes for our Heroes' here.