Local families get gifts of love from charity

A CHARITY has been busy wrapping up presents for families struggling to cope this Christmas.

Deputy Mayor of Louth, Coun Trevor Marris, joined Home-Start East Lindsey to wrap the gifts at their base at Nichol Hill Methodist Church.

The charity is thrilled to be able to give fantastic presents to children across East Lindsey thanks to the generosity of shoppers donating gifts through the Have a Heart Appeal at Freshney Place in Grimsby.

Shoppers showed their generosity and Christmas spirit by taking a tag from the wish tree situated at Customer Services in the shopping centre and buying a present for a child.

The scheme has taken in over 300 gifts for families.

Tracey Ruddock, scheme manager, said: “This is the fifth year that we have been involved in the appeal and we have never ceased to be amazed at the generosity of the public who have bought gifts for the children we are supporting.

“Our Childhood Starts Now campaign has revealed that 40 per cent of families are at breaking point. Christmas often brings more stress but should be a time that families enjoy time together and parents are able to create happy memories for their children.

“The gifts that we are able to distribute to our families bring some joy and smiles to children in the local area. Many thanks for your support.”

Home-Start East Lindsey has been helping local families for 12 years and currently provides support for over 150 families each year. The families who receive support may be experiencing difficulties for many different reasons including post-natal illness and bereavement.

l Visit www.home-starteastlindsey.org.uk