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MAY I, by way of your newspaper, thank all those who contributed towards the success of this year’s Sock Appeal for Surviving Christmas.

This year my wife and I made two trips to the YMCA, where Surviving Christmas is based, to deliver 12 sacks full of socks and several boxes full of knitted hats, gloves and scarves.

The Christmas charity then distributes all these among those who are homeless or have nowhere else to go during the festive season.

They are also able to include a pair of warm socks within their Christmas parcels for the needy.

On behalf of the grateful recipients I would like to say a big thank you to all those who responded to this year’s appeal.

Little did I think when I started all this some 19 years ago, that there would still be such a need in our town. The generosity shown by our community is truly heart warming.

Thanks are also due to Holy Trinity Church in Claremont and to the Imagen Gallery which acted as collection points. I also want to express particular gratitude to St Mark’s Church, Bexhill which made a remarkable contribution this year. I am also very grateful to the Observer for its extensive coverage and promotion of the Sock Appeal once again.

It seems almost certain that the Sock Appeal will enter its 20th year during the run up to Christmas 2014. A salutary thought?

Meanwhile, renewed thanks and a happy, warm and peaceful New Year to you all.

RICHARD STEVENS

Annual Sock Appeal for Surviving Christmas