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Christmas shoebox appeal has resulted in dozens of donations for elderly and vulnerable

Author: Educare Staffing | Posted: 19th December 2016 | Category: General News


A Christmas shoebox appeal has resulted in donations of biscuits, chocolates and other festive gifts for Britains elderly and vulnerable.

The goodies have been donated to care homes across the UK – one of three Hill Care homes organising the appeal – from generous residents.

One large donation came from Jean and Kevin Woods, who live in Ingleby Barwick.

Jean set up Wings of Support to raise awareness of a rare thyroid condition after being diagnosed three years ago. She had originally been misdiagnosed with thyroid cancer and given three months to live.

The charitable group has since grown and donates hampers to different causes each month – including local care homes, homeless support groups, dogs trusts and children.

Jean heard about the shoebox appeal at Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick, and chose to donate a raft of items.

The gifts included family packs of biscuits, tubs of chocolates, tubes of crisps, a wide range of toiletries, a fruit hamper and more.

Carol Singleton, Home Manager at Ingleby Care Home, said: “We were astounded when we heard Jean and her support group, Wings of Support, wanted to donate such a large collection of gifts to our appeal.

“The number of items she brought in is amazing and they will go a long way to help the elderly and vulnerable within the Ingleby Barwick and wider Stockton community.

The Hill Care Stockton shoebox appeal has been supported by the care homes’ local Tesco store, on Durham Road, which has been taking donations from shoppers.

Wynsors World of Shoes has donated more than 200 shoeboxes to the appeal, so the gifts can be wrapped and distributed.

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