A family support charity is asking the public to help with its Snowflake Appeal.
Home-Start Central Bedfordshire is launching the appeal to raise funds for its work supporting children and families who are struggling to cope.
The Snowflake Appeal runs from Saturday, November 1, until Saturday, January 31.
Linda Johnson, Home-Start Central Bedfordshire’s chief executive, said: “Many young children face tragedy and hardship.
“When families struggle to cope with illness, disability, bereavement, poor housing, mental ill health, or many of these problems at once, Home-Start supports them until they can stand on their own two feet again.”
Last year, 135 Central Bedfordshire volunteers supported 351 families.
A local mum said: “My daughter gets so excited when my Home-Start volunteer is coming to visit.
“She is just amazing and it is the one thing I look forward to all week. She is such a good listener and really encourages and lifts me up.
“I can’t imagine how much more difficult life would have been without this incredibly valuable service.”
The charity has been supporting local families since 1984, they can do this for £19 a week. All funds raised will go to help local children and families.
Ms Johnson added: “We are asking people to do something they love to help raise funds.
“Whether you make loom bands snowflakes and sell them to your friends, get sponsored to run to the North Pole (on a treadmill at the gym) or knit snowflake Christmas decorations to sell, there is a way to fundraise for everyone.”
Funds raised should be sent to: Home-Start Central Bedfordshire, The Annexe, Downside Neighbourhood Centre, Oakwood Ave, Dunstable.