Hampers spread Christmas cheer

Burgess Hill Christmas hamper scheme SUS-151218-103751001
Burgess Hill Christmas hamper scheme SUS-151218-103751001

More than 200 families and individuals in need in the Burgess Hill area are receiving a helping hand this Festive Season with the delivery of a Christmas hamper packed with goodies.

Many people on low incomes are struggling with the rising cost of living and Christmas can be a particularly difficult time with extra expense but no extra money.

The Christmas Hamper scheme is organised by a partnership of local groups including Burgess Hill District Lions Club, The King’s Church Mid-Sussex, Burgess Hill Youth, Burgess Hill Town Council, Burgess Hill Community Food Bank, Tesco, Burgess Hill Children & Family Centres, Christmas Wishes and Burgess Hill & District Rotary Club.

Local people have been wonderfully generous - 1st Central Insurance filled 50 boxes with food, Steve Willis Training filled 10 boxes, staff and students at Oakmeeds Community College filled 8 boxes and St Paul’s Catholic College filled 5 boxes. The scheme has also been well supported by numerous local shops, businesses, churches, community groups, schools, playgroups and others.

Volunteers from the organising groups helped with packing and delivery and The King’s Church provided the boxes as well as use of its Victoria Road premises. Burgess Hill Community Food Bank donated food items and Burgess Hill District Lions Club provided £300 to purchase additional food.

Report and picture contributed by Burgess Hill Town Council.