Sock appeal was a runaway success

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MAY I, via your newspaper, thank all those who helped to make my 2011 Sock Appeal for Surviving Christmas such a success once again.

As a result of people’s generosity, the Surviving Christmas charity was able to include socks within many of the Christmas parcels delivered to the needy in the run up to the festive season.

In addition I took about six black sacks full to the YMCA on Christmas Day itself where the charity opens its doors to those in need over the Christmas period.

I would like to express my thanks to everyone who donated socks and to the kind lady who gave a large bag full of hand-knitted woollen hats, scarfs and gloves. This just shows that the true Christmas spirit is very much alive in our town.

I am also grateful to the United Reformed Church, Robertson Street and to the Information Centre which acted as dropping-off points and where the Sox Boxes were located.

This annual appeal has now been running for some 17 years and quite clearly the need is as great as ever. It is worth reflecting on that point.

Finally, can I wish you and your readership a very Happy and Peaceful New Year,

COUNCILLOR RICHARD STEVENS