MP launches new charity

Launch of Together for Looked-after Children charity at the 1885 Building, Halifax.'MP Craig Whittaker (center) with trustees (from the left) Jane Moran, Cathy Gunningham, councillor Howard Blagborough, councillor Christine Beal, Catherine Kirk, Peter Sleigh and councillor Christine Bampton-Smith
Launch of Together for Looked-after Children charity at the 1885 Building, Halifax.'MP Craig Whittaker (center) with trustees (from the left) Jane Moran, Cathy Gunningham, councillor Howard Blagborough, councillor Christine Beal, Catherine Kirk, Peter Sleigh and councillor Christine Bampton-Smith

CALDER Valley MP Coun Craig Whittaker, has launched his new charity Together for Looked-after Children (TLC).

The charity, which is aimed at improving the quality of life for Calderdale children was unveiled by the Rastrick Conservative councillor at Eureka in Halifax.

Among the patrons who are supporting the project are actor Barry Rutter, the founder of Northern Broadsides, television presenter Christine Talbot, author Gervase Phinn, Janet Lumb of Timeout Homes, and Leigh-Anne Stradeski, the chief executive of Eureka.

Councillor Whittaker, who first announced details of the new charity in his maiden speech to Parliament, said: “This launch is only the beginning of a new exciting new way to help youngsters in care to fulfil their potential and achieve education success.”

So far £9,000 has been raised by the charity which has helped to launch its first of three projects, the Letterbox scheme.

The scheme is aimed at seven and eight-year-olds who will receive a regular parcel of books supporting their literacy and numeracy. Donations will also be used to provide support for other age groups including older children applying for university places, apprenticeships or training schemes.

“We intend looked-after children to be able to access the support required to make successful applications. This will be achieved through bursaries, workshops or residential courses designed to enhance the excellent support they receive at school and from Calderdale’s care services,” he said.

The charity’s vision is to ensure every child fulfils their potential in life. Councillor Whittaker thanked everyone involved in the launch “who had gone beyond the call of duty” to form the charity. For further details contact 01484 711260.