Couple’s bid to replace gifts stolen from family

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A kind-hearted couple who have been gathering Christmas presents for ill children have made a special appeal to help a family who were burgled last week.

Gabrielle Randone and Nick Burnett started up Gifts4Kidz with the aim of collecting unwanted toys and games to give to children who were unwell and spending the festive period in hospital.

Since starting up in September, the pair have received an overwhelming response and have already began handing out Christmas presents to children at the Friston Ward, the Eastbourne Children’s Centre and the Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI) - a charity that helps families affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour.

However, the couple have issued a special appeal this week after a family under the care of the CRI were burgled and all of their Christmas presents were stolen.

Gabrielle said, “Suzanne Beesley from the CRI called us to say one of the families under their care has been burgled and their children’s presents were stolen.

“They have no way of replacing the items stolen, so we are doing all we can to help.

“The children are a girl aged 14 and three boys aged ten, seven and two.

“So far, the people of Eastbourne have been amazing with donations. A lot of people have donated toys, games and gift vouchers. We are amazed.

“Anything will help and will be gratefully received.”

Gabrielle and Nick took a whole host of presents to the Friston Ward at the DGH on Tuesday (December 16), including toys that will be used for their playroom Christmas event, where children can play with a selection of toys before choosing one to keep.

They also handed out ‘being brave’ gifts to children having treatment.

The generous people of Eastbourne have donated a wide range of presents, including homemade sweet treats, teddies and even a guitar. They have also donated Christmas wrapping boxes and bags and crackers to bring the festive season into the town’s hospital.

To donate, contact Gabrielle and Nick through the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SussexGifts4kidz or contact the CRI by phoning 01273 677 019.