Cousins on a crusade to help the homeless in Scunthorpe

TWO young girls from Scunthorpe are raising money to make kits for the homeless as part of Operation Lifestyle.


The scheme, launched by Humberside Police 26 years ago, encourages thousands of youngsters to dedicate their time to helping their community during the school summer holidays.

Children aged between 10 and 18 are asked to form teams and choose a project to do.

Each team records its activities in a log book which they submit to the annual awards.

They then have the chance to win exciting prizes such as a safari in South Africa and a visit to Disney Land Paris.

The two young girls from Scunthorpe, who are cousins, have teamed up to become The Cousin Crusaders.

Lauren Woodcock, aged 12 and her cousin, Ellie Tyas, aged 11, are putting together kits containing thermal blankets, toothpaste and tooth brushes to help the homeless.

They have also helped out at the kitchen in New Life Church in Scunthorpe, providing the homeless with meals and preparing vegetables.

Ellie, who has just finished at Brumby Junior School, said: “I feel quite proud to help someone that needs help.

“It is good to be helping out people – they know people are there to help and that people are around.”

Lauren, who attends Outwood Academy Brumby, added that although she was upset to learn about the life of a homeless person, the project had made her want to do more.

“It has made us feel sad.

“But is has encouraged us to do more outside of the project,” she said.

Mum to Lauren and auntie to Ellie, Joanne Woodcock has been advising the girls on the project.

She said the project has taught the girls to appreciate what they have.

“They have realised how privileged they are,” she said.

She added that to raise money for the homeless kits, they are having a car boot sale and a sponsored sleep out.

“We are having a sponsored sleep out in the back garden with the equivalent of what a homeless person would have.

“We are hoping to get sponsors.

“We don’t have an amount in mind – we just want to put together as many kits as we can,” she said.


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