24th November 2016
A Level student Fraya Copeland is spreading her Christmas spirit to cheer elderly residents with the return of her Christmas gift appeal.
Having organised a successful Christmas gift appeal for the elderly last year when she appealed for gifts and delivered around 800 presents to residents in care homes in Selby, this year Fraya hopes to identify elderly residents living in their own homes who may be feeling lonely and in need of some festive cheer, and she hopes to launch the appeal in Goole too.
Fraya was asked to repeat the appeal in 2016 and she would love to see it snowball into a national appeal. She says: “More could be done to help the elderly to ensure they don’t feel isolated. Children’s charities get lots of exposure on the television but there doesn’t seem to be the same for the elderly. The older generation shaped the world we live in today, everything we have is thanks to them. I don’t want them to be forgotten at Christmas.”
Fraya is asking for donations of toiletries, selection boxes, sweets and jellies, puzzles, dominoes and cards, sudoku books, slippers or blankets. To donate to Fraya’s Christmas Gift Appeal, gifts can be dropped off at the Selby Times offices at 11 The Crescent, at LA Blinds, in Rooms for All and at Dawson and Sons Butchers and Bakers in Brayton.
Fraya’s charitable nature began when she was just seven years old with a sponsored swim in aid of Jimmy’s Association for Kidney Children and a cystic fibrosis charity. She then went on to organise charity balls, complete sponsored runs, take part in the Great Selby Bike Ride, organise Christmas pantomime trips for poorly children and their families and she even cut off 24 inches of her hair to be made into a wig. Now, aged 16, she continues to inspire and help others, with her latest venture being a 24 hour sponsored silence to raise money for needy people in Mexico.
Last year Fraya was asked if she wanted to take over the Jimmy’s Association for Kidney Children Charity, which had previously been chaired by a family friend. Fraya’s mum helps her out with the formalities of running the charity which is now known as ‘My Chance’.
Fraya, formerly of Brayton High School, studies A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Photography and wants to follow her dreams of becoming a trauma surgeon in the Army. She says: “I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than helping others.”