All Wakefield wants for Christmas is food hampers

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Our Christmas Hamper Appeal 2015 is almost half way through - and we’re on target to collect a bumper number of donations for the needy and disadvantaged.

The first of the gift donations from our generous readers have now arrived at the Community Awareness Programme (CAP) in Market Street.

The project - run by CAP, the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry and the Express - is hoping to make Christmas easier for needy families across the district.

Thanks in no small part to our readers, money and food is already flooding in to help us reach an ambitious target of 800 hampers. Local businesses are also getting behind the campaign.

We have just four weeks left before rotary volunteers start packing the hampers, ready for delivering to the district’s Early Help Hub Network centres, which will distribute them to the families most in need. We are appealing for complete hampers, food, financial donations and toys.

A basic hamper should contain tea or coffee, sugar, long life milk, breakfast cereal, chocolate biscuits, tinned potatoes or smash, tinned vegetables, stuffing, tinned fruit, angel delight, fruit juice, chocolate or sweets. They can also contain tinned ham or corned beef, pasta, gravy mix or pot noodles. Toys should not be packed in with the food hampers and fresh food and alcohol should not be included.

The deadline is 3pm on November 30. Donations should be dropped off at CAP from 9am to 3pm or call 01924 381119 or 07767 057612. For financial donations, visit or email