Dig deep for families this Christmas time

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd is appealing to Herald readers to dig deep this Christmas for those less fortunate.

Stephen recently undertook a sponsored charity skydive raising around £2,000, which included more than £1,500 for domestic violence charity REFUGE – but the rest will be spent on Christmas presents for children and families locally identified by Social Services as needing support.

So far there is £417 left over for this purpose, and Stephen, spearheading the appeal as a member of Eastbourne AM Rotary Club, is keen that this figure should rise to at least £1,000 so more local families can be helped.

ESK boss Bob Beevis has offered to do his bit by offering to provide some of the gifts at a largely discounted rate for Stephen’s appeal.

“My plea to Herald readers is quite simple – please dig deep and consider making a donation now so that we can buy as many presents and gifts as possible for these families,” said Stephen.

“We have to ask for money rather than actual donations although obviously any shop owners reading this may wish to donate gifts.

“The mission is simple – to bring a smile to faces at Christmas time, and the reality is at the moment some of these people may have absolutely nothing to unwrap on Christmas Day.

“That may sound hard to believe but, of course, it is a sad fact.

“We want to change that this year, and to do that we need the help of as many Herald readers as possible.”

Mr Beevis said, “I applaud the efforts made by Stephen and the Rotarians, so obviously we at ESK will do all that we can.”

To donate make a cheque payable to Eastbourne AM Rotary Club and send it c/o Reid and Dean estate agents in South Street FAO Lynda Dean or email Rotarian Peter Lindsey at petelindsey30@hotmail.com.

Peter added, “It would be great to receive donations from members of the public.”