A CHARITY working with vulnerable children and young people in York is campaigning to raise £1000 to support them over the festive season.

The Island, which provides positive mentoring to children in need, says the Christmas period can be a lonely time for those who are experiencing difficulties with their mental, emotional and/or social wellbeing.

Additional support is often needed to help them get through the holiday and to keep their confidence, self-esteem and resilience levels intact.

"We're looking to raise £1000 so that we can offer our mentees additional support (when required) during the Christmas season," said a spokesman.

The charity is expecting to see a rise in January in the number of referrals sent in from parents and carers with children who are struggling with everyday life.

Nigel Poulton, chief executive officer, launched a Business Hub earlier this year to help support the charity's work and get more people on board.

Any remaining funds from the Christmas period will be used to finance newly-trained volunteer mentors' Enhanced DBS checks, so the charity can match mentors with mentees quickly.

Support the campaign at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/the-island-christmas-appeal-2019

To host a fundraiser, email fundraising@theislandyork.org