Health Visitors from Parkside Community Health Centre were preparing to deliver Christmas hampers to 100 South Leeds families in need this morning (23 December 2014).
The hampers are organised by local charity Fayre Share At Christmas, run by Beeston resident Christine Thornton. A range of fundraising activities is undertaken by the Health Visitors throughout the year including raffles and bric-a-brac stalls. This year the charity has also been awarded grants by the Community First panels for Beeston & Holbeck and City & Hunslet.
This is the fourteenth year that Christine has organised hampers.
“It started with two of us, but now the whole team is involved” she explained. “This can be a very difficult time of year for families, especially if money is tight. Our hampers make sure that they at least get a good Christmas dinner.”
Families in need are identified by the Health Visitors and each receive a hamper including a frozen chicken, fresh vegetables and dry goods.