You might think that being foster carers to three siblings wouldn’t leave a lot of time for much else.
This isn’t the case for Sandra and Paul Hewitt from Barnsley who took the time to collect items to donate to Çalış Children’s Charity (3C’s), fill four extra suitcases and bring them from the UK.
Sandra and Paul have been foster carers for Foster Care Associates (FCA) for eleven years and are currently caring for three children, a sibling group aged 8,11 and 14.
For the last eight years, they have been coming to Turkey three or four times a year for a chill out break and, as many regular visitors do, follow what is going on in the area when they are back in the UK.
When Sandra spotted a post by 3C’s volunteer, Christine, on Calış Beach Lovers Facebook group asking for donations for raffle prizes, she immediately sprang into action.
Sandra and Paul had three weeks before their next visit to Çalış and, in that time, Sandra organised donations of Easter eggs, chocolates, toiletries, a mobile phone and a TV. The prizes amounted to an extra 10kg in weight spread over four extra suitcases (free extra luggage allowance is generally given for charitable donations with the correct documentation from your chosen charity).
That didn’t include the TV which was being raffled at the Manx Arms in Barnsley, with proceeds to go to 3C’s.
A visit to 3C’s
Last Monday (25 March), Sandra and Paul visited the 3C’s charity shop, in it’s new location on Barış Mancero Blv. in Çalış, to meet the team and present the donations in person.
Sandra was delighted and touched to be presented with a plaque by Christine on behalf on 3C’s. Plaques were also given to FCA Bromsgrove and the Manx Arms.
Çalış Children’s Charity would like to say a massive thank you to Sandra and Paul for their kindness and generosity and to FCA Bromsgrove and the Manx Arms Barnsley for their fantastic support and donations to the children of Fethiye.
For more information about Çalış Children’s Charity, please visit them on Facebook.