Ipswich: Overwhelming response for Christmas present scheme

A campaign which urged businesses to donate gifts for people in difficult situations has been described as an overwhelming success.

Charlotte Bourne and Sophie George, of Hays Specialist Recruitment, organised the scheme with Lighthouse Women’s Aid Refuge in Ipswich, which provides refuge accommodation and support to women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.

Hays asked clients to donate toys, toiletries, chocolates and sweets for those staying in the refuge over the Christmas period.

Gill Dean, operations manager at Lighthouse, said she was blown away by the response.

She added: “We are so grateful for this support of people in our community who have responded so generously to Charlotte and Sophie’s appeal.

“Heartfelt thanks and best wishes to everyone involved in making this difference at Christmas time.”

Among the organisations which supported the campaign were Ipswich Town Football Club, The Antique Collectors Club, Flow Energy and Allport Cargo Services.