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Help call to spread hamper happiness.


HOUSEHOLDERS in Nuneaton are being asked to raid their kitchen cupboards to help provide Christmas hampers for some of the town's most needy families.

Charity workers in the town are knocking on doors asking for donations of tins of food, which will be parcelled up with chocolate and biscuit treats.

Members of Nuneaton Lions Club have already mounted a collection at pre- advised households in the St Nicolas Park area of the town.

They are now turning their attention to households in the Whitestone area of Nuneaton.

Lions Club spokesman Cedrick Brocklehurst said: "Last year, we were able to make up about 120 parcels which were delivered and gratefully received in time for the festive season."

He said the club had been granted a licence by the borough council to undertake the door-to-door collection.

Mr Brocklehurst said: "The intention is to call on pre-advised households only, requesting donations of tins and of consumables.

"A collection was well supported in the St Nicolas Park area."

The tins are sorted into suitable parcels and funds raised through street collections will be used to buy extra tea, biscuits and chocolates.

He added: "The parcels are distributed to families in the borough who are identified by social services and the hospital authorities."

Lions members have been granted the use of a charity stall in the town centre market place on Saturday, November 27 to help boost the appeal.

Members will also use the stall to publicise their other welfare project in the town - the Message in a Bottle scheme, which involves putting medical details inside a bottle and storing it in the fridge at home in case of a 999 emergency.

Mr Brocklehurst said: "This project enables essential medical information to be available to the emergency services when it is most needed."

Free kits will be available from the stall.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 18, 2004
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