Foster families have been enjoying Christmas treats to help spread festive magic for children in care and those who look after them.
With help from businesses and organisations Leeds City Council has organised Christmas parties, a cinema trip and discounted theatre tickets to thank families who foster through the local authority.
Hundreds of foster families have enjoyed an exclusive showing of The Good Dinosaur at Vue cinema on Kirkstall Road. The cinema was opened up especially for 245 foster children and their carers. As well as enjoying the film each child went home with a selection box provided by Sainsbury’s in Moortown.
Thirty children and their foster families enjoyed a Christmas breakfast at the White Rose Shopping Centre while another 30 were treated to a party provided by the Merrion Centre hosted at the First Direct Arena.
One foster carer described the party as “a magical experience for her foster child.”
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “By saying ‘thank you’ through organising events like this, we hope to give something back to our foster carers and the children they look after. These exceptional people provide an invaluable service, giving stable and supportive homes to children in care. We have an ongoing commitment to helping them achieve the best outcomes for the children they look after, as well as recognising that they are an integral part of our team.
“Christmas can often be a difficult time for children who are in care so we are extremely grateful to all of these organisations for helping to provide these lovely treats, and supporting our aim to be the best city for children to grow up in.”
Foster families were also offered discounted tickets for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse.