It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Dedicated volunteers have been packing and sorting food for our Christmas Hamper Appeal 2015.

A team of people from The Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry, Ackworth School and the Wakefield Express came together to start packing the mountain of food, generously donated by our readers and local organisations.

The appeal - run in partnership with the rotary club, Community Awareness programme (CAP) in Wakefield and the Express - is helping struggling families across the district by providing them with a parcel of food, treats and toys to make Christmas a bit easier.

Earlier this week, volunteers made up 300 hampers, which were delivered, along with 100 completed hampers that had been donated, to the first four Early Help Hubs at Hemsworth, Pontefract and Knottingley, Airedale, and Stanley.

The second lot of 300 hampers will be packed and delivered in Sandal, Wakefield Central, Normanton and Featherstone next week, along with a further 100 that were donated as finished hampers.

The appeal is expected to have reached its ambitious target of 800 parcels by next Thursday. Each of the seven hubs will ensure that the hampers go to needy families and children in the areas that they cover.

The volunteers this week were Bob Guard, David Orriss, Duncan Beech, Robin Richmond, Peter Brown, Derek Sutcliffe, Don Ward, Mark Jeffries, Graham Evans, Dick Wood and Simon Burrow, all from the rotary club, Alison Maree, Maya Lewis, Milena Lazovic, Gus Maree and Zoe Jeffries, from Ackworth School, and Gemma Jimmison from the Express.

Simon Burrow and Ackworth School provided the vehicles to get the hampers to the Early Help Hubs. For more information, email gemma.jimmison@ywng.co.uk.