Christmas cheer guaranteed with Leek gift appeal success

An appeal by members of the Foxlowe Arts Centre Creative Hub has again raised money and gift donations for Leek families struggling financially after another difficult year.

Mark Brammar and Dave Swarbrook coordinated the appeal along with the Fox & Crow Gallery. The gifts were donated to an annual appeal at Haregate Community Centre, from where they will be distributed.

Gift and cash donations worth over £700 were received. The cash was used to purchase gifts in Leek and independent retailers, The Book Shop and Bibelot offered generous discounts to make the money stretch even further.

Laura Cottingham, manager at Haregate Community Centre said: “We have contact through the centre with many families who are barely managing financially and are placed under even more pressure with the expense of Christmas.

“We collect gifts for children and young adults each year so that no one feels left out at Christmas. The concerted effort from Dave & Mark is really appreciated and we are very grateful to everyone who has supported their appeal to help make Christmas special for so many local families.”

Dave Swarbrook added: “This is the third year that we have organised this and the amount raised has again exceeded the previous year’s total. This year we also set up a JustGiving page which brought in donations from local people and supporters from around the UK.”

Photo: Laura Cottingham, Mark Brammar and Dave Swarbrook at Haregate Community Centre