Make it happier days - with books and PJs!
A FAMILY pub needs your help by donating children's pyjamas and books for young carers.
The Cricketers pub, in Grimsby, is launching the Pyjama Project during National Storytelling Week by providing bedtime packs to children up to 12.
It will take place from Saturday, January 26 to Saturday, February 2 and everyone is encouraged to donate PJs in good condition and books during this time.
The donations will be gifted to Honeypot, a charity that provides respite breaks for vulnerable children and young carers, giving them time away from the stresses of home life.
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Now in its 13th year, National Storytelling Week encourages people to create and enjoy stories.
The pub's marketing executive, Amy Garrett, said: "A bedtime read is one of the most magical times during childhood – but with 13,000 child carers caring for more than 50 hours a week each, these are children who often miss out on the wonder of storytelling.
"The Pyjama Project has been launched for when children come to Honeypot for some much-needed respite.
"They will be given a bedtime pack with a pair of new pyjamas, a bedtime book and a cuddly toy which they can also take home with them.
"The idea is to give these kids much- needed TLC."
More than half of young carers in the UK live in one-parent families and almost a third care for someone with mental health problems.
At Honeypot, they can take a complete break for a short while and receive on-going support.
Amy continued "The charity supports children like Daniel, who has no contact with his father and lives with his mother, who drinks heavily.
"Aged just six he often goes hungry and misses school, but would get anxious at being away from his mother when he first started going to Honeypot House.
"For children like Daniel, the simple joy of a book at bedtime is not the fun, regular routine that many youngsters enjoy.
"By donating sleepwear and books we can help these child carers escape into their imaginations and to feel loved and looked after."
The Cricketers will also be holding pyjama parties throughout National Story Telling Week to raise extra cash.
Anyone wishing to donate a pair of pyjamas (boys or girls aged between 5 and 12) or children's books can hand them in at the pub, in Littlefield Lane, any time before Saturday, February 2.