Oasis Academy Aspinal mums are on a mission to support families in need with care packages
A group of mums whose children all attend a local primary school have teamed up to support the local community to ensure everyone has food to enjoy.
The group, called ‘Mums on a Mission’ consisting of parents and friends and Hub council members from Oasis Academy Aspinal are determined to help after they became aware of ‘how close to home’ the issue is when speaking to other families.
Since setting up a Facebook Page in October of this year, they have received numerous donations from the local community which has supported them in distributing meals to the vulnerable.
Mums on a Mission has been able to reach more than 1600 members in their group and their feedback has been amazing.
Samantha Latham, from Mums on a Mission and Hub Council Member at Oasis Academy Aspinal, commented saying; “We are a small team of nine mums who are very happy to help as much as we can.”
“We became aware of just how ‘close to home’ this issue is when we asked one of the children from a local school (10 year old) if they were looking forward to their half term break and the child responded ‘no because it means I won’t get my lunch’. This is utterly heart-breaking and certainly shouldn’t be such an issue in 2020!”
“We haven’t restricted deliveries or collections and gone out of our way at our own expense to deliver to vulnerable families in a variety of areas including the Heatons, Stockport, Glossop, and Wythenshawe and even further afield. At one point we were driving to drop off 20 miles away.”
“We have also successfully launched our ‘sponsor a family’ appeal which relies on the help of our community to provide a Christmas Day hamper including all of the ingredients for a Christmas dinner and a present for each member of the household. To date we have matched 33 families with a sponsor, this equates to 127 people being fed over Christmas.”
The mums have now delivered over 100 care packages to vulnerable families, single people and children to help them through a time of need.
Having identified families who are vulnerable, the group have also been able to help with items including clothes, toys and even household items.
Most recently, the mums have set up a Go Fund Me page which has raised over £1100 in just seven days.
A member of the Mums on a Mission team said; “I would like to note that the community spirit has been amazing! They have all rallied round and helped us to support the families who need it most. The team I work with at mums on a mission have truly gone above and beyond each day. I couldn’t think of a better team that I would like to work with.”