Christmas charity hands out £28,000 of vouchers to needy

A CHARITY which helps disadvantaged people over the festive period has handed out £28,000 worth of food vouchers to hard-up families.

Surviving Christmas distributed the gifts to more than 1,400 families across Hastings and Bexhill last Wednesday (December 8).

The charity has seen a huge increase in demand for its services, as 1,000 more people were referred to it, compared to last year.

Judith Wycherley, chairman of Surviving Christmas, said: “This meant we had to find an extra £5,000 to purchase more vouchers. Although no one receives a large sum we know from the letters we receive that families do value our help. “This money has been raised in response to our appeal and we are very grateful to local people for their generosity, especially in view of the current economic situation.

“People are sometimes quick to put down Hastings but I think this does show that there are many kind and unselfish people in the town who do care about other people.”

She said the charity still needs the public’s help to enable it to prepare 500 food hampers to be delivered to elderly and housebound people on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Mrs Wycherley added: “We are also busy organising our three-day Open Christmas event for lonely, vulnerable and homeless people which will be based at the YMCA and open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day from 10am to 5pm and on December 27 from 10am to 2pm.”

People can send in donations to Surviving Christmas, PO Box 290, Hastings, TN34 9DT and make cheques payable to ‘Surviving Christmas’.