Shoebox appeal gets £500 boost in Hailsham

Shoebox appeal in Hailsham SUS-140812-141259001
Shoebox appeal in Hailsham SUS-140812-141259001

A Hailsham Christmas shoebox appeal has received a £500 bonus to help provide gifts for residents in need over the festive period.

The cheque from Hailsham Lions was presented last week and several members of the Lions Club then helped pack shoeboxes and gift bags donated by Ralph Olesen from the Link Coffee Shop.

Gifts included necessities such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, flannels, and hot water bottles with colourful covers knitted by members of the Knit and Natter Club and the Loom Mill.

The shoeboxes are a joint venture between several organisations including the Lions, Hailsham Foodbank, supermarkets, The Link and Computers for Charities.

And it wasn’t just local residents getting involved in donating.

Two hot water bottle covers were knitted by residents living in the Shetland Islands who saw the appeal for donations on the Computers for Charities Facebook page.

There were also gift bags for children which included toys and books.

This year the gift bags will be distributed locally in conjunction with Hailsham Foodbank, community nurses and Christians Against Poverty to ensure they go where they are most needed.

Simon Rooksby, chairman of Computers for Charities, said: “This has proven to be a total local initiative of providing a little bit extra for folk this Christmas.

“Computers for Charities has supported the foodbank for over two years providing shared storage space at the charity’s Hailsham workshop free of charge.

“It remains incredulous in these times that such institutions are firstly needed, whilst going totally in the face of Mr Cameron’s assertion of our economy blooming with wages outstripping inflation. And certainly remains at odds with what we observe in Hailsham and nationally.

“Having worked in local government for over 30 years, I have witnessed not just a few years of cuts but at least 25 years of cuts and remain acutely aware of the damage that political intervention has wreaked on most services.”

For more information about the Shoebox appeal, email ruth@computersforcharities.org or phone 01323 840641.

The Hailsham Lions can be contacted by email on info@hailshamlions.co.uk or 0845 833 9828 (local).