Christmas Appeal 2014: ‘Something I Will Always Remember’

I was not expecting anything from anyone and this will be something I will always remember. - A Christmas Hamper Recipient

Our 2014 Christmas Appeal brought festive cheer to 116 families across Norwich last December. That’s over 450 individuals - sons, daughters, mums and dads who could stop worrying about where Christmas dinner was coming from and focus on what really matters at Christmas time: Family.

Families who received hampers were ‘overwhelmed with the generosity’ and one parent described the hamper as a ‘lifeline’.

These are just some of the reactions of parents as they received a hamper:

‘Brilliant, this is great we didn’t expect anything but this will make things that bit easier, I can’t thank you enough.’

‘Thank you so much, this will make our Christmas extra special, especially as I have children. This had been a really difficult time for us and had recently moved which was a stressful time, so to have food to really enjoy made it all more enjoyable.’

After bursting into tears one parent says ‘please thank everyone, this is brilliant, the things everyone has done for us is so nice.’

Many of the hampers went to families where the parents have debilitating illnesses and are cared for by their children. These are families under constant pressure: medical pressure, emotional pressure, financial pressure. It was our privilege to lighten the load, if only a little, for these families at a particularly stressful time of year.

We would like to thank our partner organisations for connecting us with the families who received the hampers as well as the incredible generosity of those who donated food, money and time to the appeal.

2014′s hampers were made up of over 1400 individual food items marking a 78% increase in the number of families whose Christmases were transformed and lives were touched.

However, there are many more families in need of our support, so for Christmas 2015 help us give a family who feel forgotten something they will always remember.

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