We did it! Hamper appeal success

More than 160 individuals, businesses and organisations have contributed to the success of this year’s Christmas Hamper Appeal 2015.

The campaign saw the The Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry, the Community Awareness Programme (CAP) and the Wakefield Express exceed their massive target of 800 hampers, with the help of 164 different donors. The appeal was also supported by Ackworth School, whose staff helped pack and deliver the hampers, and the seven Early Help hubs, which were instrumental in the distribution of all of the hampers.

Last week, the final hamper was presented to Amanda Marples and James Kershaw, from Normanton.

Each hamper was donated to a family in need of the help to make this Christmas a lot more cheerful than it otherwise might have been.

Bob Guard, from the rotary club, said, “When we started on this ambitious project this year, we wanted to ensure that we helped as many families as possible in the overall Wakefield area,

“Everyone involved, however, thought that we may have bitten off more than we could chew by setting a target that was nearly 30 per cent more than we achieved last year – itself a record for this annual project.

“But with the help of all of those listed on our roll of honour we have made it happen. A big thank you from all of the organisers to everyone out there who contributed, this is without doubt a wonderful result and we are all now committed to coming back next year and beating our record again.”

Gemma Jimmison, Express Christmas co-ordinator, said: “Many families are struggling to make ends meet at the best of times, but it is even harder at Christmas - with school holidays, extra bills and gifts to buy, some parents just can’t afford it all. The hampers help make things a little bit easier and make sure children have something extra to eat and play with during the festive season.

“This is the first time I’ve really been involved with the hamper appeal and I have to admit, the target seemed a bit far off. But everyone involved has worked really hard and so many generous readers, businesses and schools have pitched in to make this year the best one yet. Thank-you to everyone who donated or volunteered.”

Thanks to all those who mae it possible:

ORGANISERS: Community Awareness Programme, The Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry, Ackworth School, Wakefield Express, Early Help Centres.

BUSINESSES: Barclays Leeds, Casey’s Fish Shop, Cedar Court Hotel, Fox’s Biscuits, Holroyd Miller, Ison Harrison Solicitors, Karro Ltd, Minster Law Solicitors, Oversolve Ltd, Nottingham, Polybags Ltd in Essex, Rivers Meet, Wakefield Express.

CHURCHES: Crigglestone Methodist Church, Horbury Methodist Church, Lindale Methodist Church, NewSpring Church, Sandal Methodist Church, St John’s MC, Trinity Methodist Church in Netherton, Walton Methodist Church. ORGANISATIONS: 13th Wakefield Guides, 14th St Paul’s Brownies, 14th St Paul’s Guides, 15th Wakefield District Beavers, 2nd Waterton Westgate Rainbows, 35th St Michael’s Guides, Connexions Wakefield, Hayley Roberts, Wakefield College, Staff team at Holgate, Staff team at Lavender Way, Sunbeam Parent’s Group, The Creation Station, WY Probation Service, YPO.

INDIVIDUALS: Ajay Sharman, Alison Greenhough, Andrew Stringer, Ann Quinn, Anne Allen, Anne Smith, Annette Briggs, Antonia Marsden, Barbara Idle, Barbara Preston, Bernard Percival, Biddy Crawford, Brian and June Clifford, Brian Carter, Brigid Fearon, Carol Jackson, Carol Longfield, Carol Rowley and family, Carole Askew, Carole Schofield, Caroline Good, Caron Fray, Chris and Julia Schofield, Christine and John Callaghan, Christine Stevenson Claire Learoyd, David and Brigid Hopkins, David and Shirley Humpleby, Debbie Kyle, Debbie Oldroyd, Debra Stainthorpe, Denise Clayton, Denise Jarrett, Dianne Cresswell, Doreen and Keith Youngman, Doreen Williamson, Dr Ron and Julie Mulroy, Earle Heasman, Elain and Dennie Greenhough, Elaine Sherwood, Elizabeth Roberts, Ellen Cottam, Gemma Jimmison, Gemma Louise Williams, Helen Weir, Henry and Kath Crossley, Hilary Warwick, Ian and Claire Morris, Jackie Oxley, Jackie Watts, James and Helen Byard, Janet and Mick Myers, Janet Duffield, Janet Thompson, Janette Gallagher, Janine Ashworth, Janine Hutton,

Jenny Barlow, Jill Brewer, Joanne Knott, Joanne Milnes, John and Gillian Dales, Judith Stringer, Judy Fewster, Julie and Ray Purcell, Julie Allott, Julie Sykes, June McBurney, Karen Smith, Kenneth Wilkinson, Kim Finnerty, Lesley Hayward, Linda, Linda Sharpe, Liz and Trevor Grewcock, Lorna and Bill Russell, Lynda Slater, Lynne Ryan, Maralyn Simpson, Marguerite Hogg Mark Rowbotham, Margaret Hemingway, Matt Berry, Matthew Whittall, Maureen Webb, Mavis Hobson, Megan Thomas, Michelle Gordon, Mr and Mrs Brooks, Mr and Mrs Greenwood, Mr and Mrs Judith Evans, Mr and Mrs Richmond, Mr Bradshaw, Mrs Rita Guard, Mrs Sarby, Norma York, Pam and Martin Scott, Pat Littlewood, Pat Pearson, Paula Channell, Perpetua Mugwagwa, Rob and Cath Crossley, Robert Wilson, Rod and Jean Hill, Ruth Sagar, Salli Martlew, Sharon Hayes, Sharon Taylor, Sheila Hornby-Mould, Shirley Daniels, Steve and Viv Hemingway, Steven Scott, Steven Smith, Sue and Mick Pepworth, Sue Alderson, Sue Birkby, Sue Hemingway, Susan Denton, Tracey McIntyre, Tracy Smith, Vera and Gillian Walsh, Veronica Elliott, Vic Smith.