Sock appeal was a success

May I say a big thank you to all those who helped with this year’s Sock Appeal for Surviving Christmas?

Thanks are due to Holy Trinity Church, The Imagen Gallery and JD’s Bistro in Claremont who all willingly offered to be collection points for the Sox Boxes.

I am grateful also to the Salvation Army Hall administration and all those wonderful people who give up their own Christmas to help those less fortunate than themselves. The Surviving Christmas team took responsibility for distributing the six sacks of donated socks plus knitted scarfs, hats and gloves that I delivered to them and they really are a dedicated, kind-hearted and very special group of people.

I also express my gratitude to the Observer for publicising the Sock Appeal and Surviving Christmas in general but the biggest thanks of all must be given to the town’s community who continue to donate new, warm socks to help those for whom these items can make such a difference.

Next year it will be 21 years since I began the Sock Appeal. It is perhaps an indictment upon our society that something so basic is still very much needed in our modern world.

However, the true spirit of Christmas is demonstrated year after year and the generosity shown is truly heart warming. Renewed thanks to all who helped and contributed to this year’s appeal. Bless you and a Happy New Year to you all.

Richard Stevens

All Saints Street