Sprowston

Families get help for Christmas

Just Regional
Dec 17, 2015 2 mins read

A Norwich charity has broken all its previous records for distributing luxury Christmas food hampers to local families today.

The community group called Love Norwich, established by Norwich church Proclaimers, has been distributing the hampers to vulnerable families for the past nine Christmases.

Project co-ordinator Gemma Neill said: “We try to include everything a family of four needs for Christmas dinner, and a few extra little treats. We add a voucher for perishable items and wrap it all up as a beautiful hamper.”

The charity receives donations of items like boxes of mince pies, packets of stuffing and jars of cranberry sauce from members of the public and local businesses and this year has exceed all its previous records seeing a 45% increase in the numbers of hampers created. “We have been inundated with donations of food this year. More than 2,000 items of food have been given and then packed and wrapped by our army of more than 80 volunteers.”

The charity works with agencies to identify the people most in need at Christmas, including refugees, families being helped by social services and people living in hostels.

After a referral from another charity, Love Norwich gave a hamper to a local mum who was really struggling. She was selling personal items to pay for Christmas presents for her children, she went without food so her children could eat and had been having suicidal thoughts. When she received the Love Norwich Christmas Hamper she said “it has restored my faith in humanity… I will never forget this as long as I live.”

The churches annual Christmas Special will be held Sunday evening. “It is a night full of live music and performance to get people into the Christmas spirit, plus a party for the children,” said churches lead Pastor Tom Rawls.

To support Love Norwich’s biggest ever Christmas Hamper appeal, please send cheques made payable c/o Proclaimers and send to The Space, Roundtree Way, Norwich, NR7 8SQ. Or visit https://proclaimers.churchapp.co.uk/donate and select Hamper Appeal – Love Norwich. The Christmas Special will be held on December 20 at 5pm and  7.30pm. To reserve your seat for free visit www.proclaimers.com

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