In the past month, NHS Surrey Downs CCG and CSH Surrey have worked together with local food banks to collect Christmas presents for children and young people in Surrey.
We are delighted to announce that a fantastic 133 brand-new presents were generously donated by staff at Surrey Downs CCG for those aged 17 and under. Gifts were provided for a wide range of ages and included toys, arts and crafts, and even a new bike!
Many Christmas gifts, including over 100 children’s books, have also been collected at CSH Surrey locations and together our local community has made a big difference this Christmas to those families who will receive gifts. The food banks (Epsom & Ewell, Dorking and Elmbridge) expressed their gratitude and assured that all donations will be gifted to children over the coming weeks.
James Blythe, Director of Commissioning and Strategy at Surrey Downs CCG, said:
“It’s heart-warming to see how many donations we have received for our Christmas gift appeal. We know that all of the Christmas presents will be greatly appreciated by children and young people who may not otherwise receive a gift this year.
“It’s vital that we all work together to support our local community in Surrey Downs and help those who are in need, especially during the winter months, which is why we decided to team up with local food banks for a number of charitable initiatives this winter.
“We’d also like to say a big thank you to those of you have taken the time out to drop gifts off at one of CSH Surrey’s collection points”.
All gifts were lovingly wrapped and have now been collected by volunteers at Epsom and Ewell Food bank who will distribute them during the festive period. Gift donations have also been made to Dorking and Elmbridge foodbanks through CSH Surrey’s support.
Staff from NHS Surrey Downs CCG and CSH Surrey will continue to support the most vulnerable people in our community to collect warm items and food until the end of January 2017.
For more information about our warm winter appeal, and about items currently needed by the food bank, please click here.
Please click here if you would like to find out which food items are currently needed at Epsom and Ewell Food bank, or here for further information about getting involved and volunteering at their warehouse.
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Photo (left to right): James Blythe, Director of Commissioning & Strategy, NHS Surrey Downs CCG handing gifts over to Jonathan Lees from Epsom and Ewell Foodbank.