Thanks from the Salvation Army

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I WRITE to thank everyone who helped the Salvation Army in Eastbourne make it a happier Christmas for many - despite the snow and credit crunch.

Christmas should have started on Saturday, December 4, with the annual toy run by the Sovereign Motor Cycle Club - but for the first time in 16 years it had to be cancelled due to the snow.

This was very disappointing as it is one of the highlights of the year. June Brown and her husband, who organise this event, arranged for the toys to be collected and delivered to us in time for Christmas.

We had the Herald’s tin appeal and the toy appeal running throughout December. Also we received toys and gifts from Crowborough Free Church and Lushington Chiropractic.

On Tuesday, December 21, volunteers met at the citadel to sort out the toys and gifts for families and also make up food parcels. Mayor Carolyn Heaps and Steven Lloyd MP gave their support at this event and both the mayor and her driver worked hard alongside the volunteers.

On the evening of December 23, a Christmas dinner was provided for the homeless and vulnerable where they received Christmas boxes made up by some members of the Salvation Army and of the Beach Belles Ladies Club who meet at the Beach Tavern, Pevensey Bay, and customers of the pub.

The clients loved their meal and were very pleased with their gifts. For many it would be the only present they receive.

On Christmas Day, dinner and entertainment was laid on for vulnerable families. Everyone had a great time with fun and games and the afternoon was rounded up by a visit from Charlie, one of Santa’s helpers, who gave out presents to all.

There are so many organisations to thank for helping the Salvation Army help people this Christmas, but a big thanks must be given to the public for all the generous donations of tins, gifts, toys and money again this year.

Without all this, many would have had a very sad and lonely Christmas. Thank you all for your continuous support. May God bless you.

Pauline Peagam

Community development worker

Salvation Army

Langney Road, Eastbourne