Local charities receive Christmas gifts donated by University community

Local charities receive Christmas gifts donated by University community

21 December 2015

Canterbury Christ Church University students and staff have once again spread Christmas joy around the City by donating Christmas gifts to those who may not receive presents during the festive period.

This year the University’s Student Volunteering and Opportunities team, with support from Christ Church Students’ Union, has connected with The Gap Project and Sure Start , in Thanet. Collection boxes were placed across the campus network throughout November for the University community to donate a present.

As a result of everyone’s kindness and generosity, over 200 presents were collected to donate to the two charities. All toys, books and children’s gifts were taken to Sure Start in Dane Valley, Margate, and will be distributed at their Christmas parties for children living in temporary accommodation.

All family gifts and presents for adults were passed to The Gap Project , based at Queens Road Baptist Church in Broadstairs, for them to make up hampers to give to families, and food parcels for their Christmas party for local people living homeless.

Louise Gotch, Student Volunteering and Opportunities Manager, said: “We would like to thank all University students and staff who helped us with the organisation for this campaign and all who gave so generously this year, we are so grateful for your support.”

Sophie Dudley, President for Activities at Christ Church Students’ Union, said: “On behalf of the sabbatical team and Students’ Union staff, I would like to thank everyone who donated their time or a present to this fantastic cause. Because of you, homeless families will be able to give their children something to smile about this Christmas”.

Rebecca Bradley, Manager of Millmead Sure Start Children’s Centre , said: “We are so grateful for this amazingly generous donation. These gifts will go to children whose parents may not otherwise have been able to get them very much for Christmas. It is so kind to help others at a time of year when all of us have so much to buy. These presents really will make a huge difference to these children’s Christmas.”

Presents were also given by all the families who attended the University annual children’s Christmas party. In return, all children attending the party were given a book, donated by Children’s books publisher, Autumn Publishing.

Notes to Editor

To connect with the University’s Student Volunteering and Opportunities team, please contact Louise on volunteer@canterbury.ac.uk

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Autumn Publishing: http://autumnchildrensbooks.co.uk/About-Us.aspx

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