Big rise in aid needed from Sheringham Salvation Army
A North Norfolk Salvation Army corps has reported a 50 per cent increase in the number of families asking for help over the festive period.
The Sheringham branch of the Christian charity, where a team of volunteers has been working tirelessly to pack and distribute gift and food parcels, last year received referrals asking for support for 190 families from Holt, Sheringham and Cromer through the Norfolk-wide Toys and Tins appeal. However, by the beginning of December this year, the number needing help had already topped 300 and the corps has been forced to buy £3,000-worth of toys to top up donations
The Tins and Toys appeal, which has been run in partnership with BBC Radio Norfolk for more than 30 years, supports nearly 5,000 people across the county annually.
The corps' efforts this year received a boost from sports and leisure management company Everyone Active, which donated 150 vouchers for eight-session family swims at Sheringham's Splash Leisure Centre and 100 passes for sports centres at Cromer, North Walsham and Stalham.
Sheringham corps officer Major Alex Bishop said that they had a lot of local community support for the Toys and Tins appeal, for which they were very grateful and Cindy Farrow, manager of Sheringham Salvation Army shop, pictured above, said that staff and volunteers had been "inundated" with toys, food and cash gifts for the appeal.
New and unopened toys, books, fashion accessories and toiletries can be left at any Salvation Army charity shop. For more information about the Toys and Tins appeal, visit www.salvationarmy.org.uk/toys-and-tins-appeal
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