A local charity is planning to turn unwanted Christmas presents into care for seriously ill children and adults.
Havens Hospices, which incorporates Fair Havens Hospice in Westcliff and Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley has partnered with local businesses to collect people’s unwanted Christmas gifts. The charity will use donated items as raffle and tombola prizes at events throughout the year, in turn raising money for the care it provides for seriously ill babies, children, teenagers and adults.
Hilary Metcalfe, Community Fundraiser at Havens Hospices, said, “I am sure we all have those little Christmas gifts which we don’t really want or aren’t sure we will use and this is a perfect way to ensure they are put to good use. Gifts such as teddy bears, toys, smellies, candles, wine, chocolates and more make great prizes and will help us to raise money towards the care we provide completely free of charge to families when they need us most. So please dig out those unwanted gifts and simply pop them into one of our donation stations.”
The donation stations are now open and will be in place until the end of January at Sainsbury’s Local on Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, Harris & Hoole Coffee Shop inside Tesco Extra, Prince Avenue, Westcliff, the Simon Foxen Barber Shop on Hart Road, Thundersley and the Gregory Dean Salon on Rectory Grove, Leigh-on-Sea.
Hilary added, “I’d like to thank the kind businesses who have agreed to host our donation stations. They are all fantastic supporters of the hospices and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. I’d also like to thank in advance everybody who fills up our donation stations with gifts.”
For more information on the donation stations or for other ways to donate to Havens Hospices please contact the Fundraising Team on 01702 220305.