Brooklands Shoebox Christmas HampersStuart | YLF
Usually, at this time of year, The Brooklands Centre in Newport Pagnell is a hive of activity – full of Christmas cheer, seasonal celebrations and plenty of parties. This year, however, things are very different and the Centre is still closed.
Nevertheless, the volunteers who help at the three day clubs couldn’t let the year end without spreading some Christmas cheer. So, they decided to make hampers for everyone who attends the clubs – people up to 95 years old, many of whom live alone and would be otherwise isolated and lonely.
The team collected shoeboxes, covered them in Christmas wrapping paper, did lots of shopping and spent the money that would otherwise have been used for Christmas parties to transform the boxes into hampers – each one full of tasty snacks and delicious sweets, biscuits and drinks.
The volunteers made around 50 hampers, which were also supported by a donation from the town’s Harry Middleton Gift, a local charitable fund that makes grants to organisations in Newport Pagnell.
The team then spent a day touring the town in Christmas fancy-dress, making surprise personal visits to all the day club members to deliver their hampers.
Getting honks of support from passing motorists and seeing members’ delighted faces made it all worthwhile!