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Kirkham fundraisers to provide Christmas hampers for struggling residents

Posted on - 19th October, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Christmas, Fylde News, Kirkham, People
Some of the donated items

A group of Kirkham residents have set up a GoFundMe page to provide food for struggling families over Christmas.

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To help people in their community, Michelle Clarke and her friends Diane and Lisa are fundraising £3,500 to make Christmas hampers for 100 families, which they will deliver to homes across Kirkham and the district area.

The hamper fundraiser is the group’s third campaign, and they are now seeking help from the public.

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The group must raise the total by 4 December to guarantee 100 food orders with local suppliers at discounted rates. They also need to let families know they do not need to worry about providing food over the Christmas period.

Michelle said: “With several more months of hardship starting in the build-up to Christmas, and with many businesses on the verge of bankruptcy, more people will face unemployment in the next few weeks.

“With Universal Credit cuts and the furlough scheme coming to an end, we know this Christmas will be harder than ever. Many will go without fresh meat, vegetables or heating. Many that we are aware of locally can barely afford to feed their families day-to-day.”

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Several local businesses are supporting the team as they produce the hampers, which cost approximately £35. Graham Eyes High-Class Butchers in Warton provides meat at a reduced price, and Annie’s Egg Shed in Newton is donating fresh fruit and veg.

Each hamper will contain £35 worth of food to feed a family of four to six people.

They will include a 2kg turkey crown, 0.75kg of pork loin, pigs in blankets, fresh vegetables, potatoes, fresh eggs, Christmas puddings and other donated items.

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Michelle said: “We would be very grateful for any offer of support you can give towards this project, as we already have a growing list of names of families in need from our work in 2021.

“We know by Christmas, the list will be even longer.”

To donate, visit – https://www.gofundme.com/f/christmas-food-for-kirkham-district-families

For members of the public seeking support from the group, visit their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Kirkham-and-District-Food-Support-Action-Group-108952981004636

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