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Local hospice launches ‘Unwanted Gift Week’ at High Chelmer

Presents to be donated to people with health conditions

With Christmas fast becoming a distant memory, there’s no doubt that some gifts have been put away for ‘safe keeping’ never to see the light of day again. High Chelmer is encouraging shoppers to bring any such items to the centre in support of the Farleigh Hospice ‘Unwanted Gift Week’ campaign, where donated presents will be used to help raise funds to support people in the local community with life-limiting illnesses.

From 10am until 4pm, until Friday 11 January, volunteers from the Chelmsford-based charity will be collecting any new gifts that people may have received but don’t want. Those socks, books, accessories, ornaments, perfume or games that could go to a better home are all welcomed and will go towards brightening someone’s day.

Debbie de Boltz, fundraising manager at Farleigh Hospice, said: “Farleigh Hospice provides care and support to anyone affected by a life-limiting illness or bereavement across mid-Essex.

“Thanks to the local community supporting our fundraising initiatives, we can help people to live as actively as possible from the point of diagnosis to the end of their lives, by providing physical and emotional care, free of charge,” said Debbie. “We can support people in their own homes and provide bereavement services to anyone who needs them within our community.”

She continued: “We rely on the support of the local community to help us raise the £6 million we need every year – over £16,500 per day – to provide our specialist care and support people affected by any life-limiting illness, including lung disease, neurological conditions, heart failure and cancer.”

Mick McDonagh, centre manager at High Chelmer, said he expects many will be touched by the charity’s appeal. “The team at Farleigh Hospice work incredibly hard to provide a phenomenal service for people experiencing serious health conditions, as well as offering support to family members.

“We are extremely grateful for the efforts of all the volunteers, nurses and doctors in looking after and helping others. The Unwanted Gift Week will allow our community to help Farleigh Hospice continue providing its invaluable services,” said Mick.

“The seemingly simple gestures are often the ones that have a lasting impact, so we’d like to ask our shoppers to spend a few minutes finding that present that’s been put to the back of a cupboard or wardrobe and to please bring it in.”

“We hope that Farleigh Hospice will have a wonderful selection of presents collected at High Chelmer to use in their fundraising activities which will make a great difference to this fantastic cause,” added Mick.