Spreading The Christmas Spirit

Wisbech shoppers can brighten up Christmas for those further afield this year thanks to the Horsefair.

The shopping centre has launched its annual festive shoebox appeal and shoppers are encouraged to donate Christmas gifts to the cause. To participate people are asked to donate a shoebox that they’ve filled with gifts for children who may not receive any presents this Christmas.

There are three age groups that people can fill boxes for – 2 to 4; 5 to 9; or 10 to 14. Suggested items could include toys such as a teddy bear, ball or jigsaw; an educational item, for example a colouring book or pens; and hygiene items like a toothbrush or a comb. Other items can include scarves, hats or sunglasses. Perishable items, such as chocolate and food, as well as homemade toys should not be included. Along with the boxes, a donation of £5.00 payable by cash or cheque is requested to help cover the cost of distribution.

Once filled with Christmas gifts, shoeboxes can be dropped off from 1 November until 18 November at the Oasis book shop on Norfolk Street, or at the Horsefair’s information point on the bus station. You can also collect leaflets with suggestions and gift ideas, as well as donation envelopes and age group stickers to decorate and label the shoeboxes, from either drop off point.

Centre Manager of the Horsefair, Kevin Smith, commented: “The support we receive each year for the shoebox appeal is always overwhelming – people are so generous and it’s lovely to know that people are thinking of others at this time of year. It’s a fantastic cause to support and I’m sure opening the boxes makes such a difference to the children receiving them”.

The shoebox appeal is in support of Operation Christmas Child – an initiative ran by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief and development organisation.
Shoebox 2017

The Horsefair is a drop off point for the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoe box appeal.