MORE than 5,000 children, adults and families in Coventry who are destitute, terminally ill or lonely have received selection boxes and stocking fillers after a successful festive appeal.
Coventry Comfort Carers launched the plea at the start of the month.
One young man aged eight is receiving cancer treatment and as a single mum living out of city the costs travelling to and from the hospital constantly have taken a huge chunk of her money. The group provided a Christmas hamper for them, along with a meat hamper, toys, a cleaning hamper, a gift, goodies and a staple food hamper for all.
Among organisations delivered to were respite centres, Hawkesbury lodge mental health rehabilitation, homeless family services, social services, family hubs across the city, the Coventry foyer for homeless 17 to 24-year-olds, Kairos, Coventry Haven, destitute families, foodbank referrals, Myton Hospice, children in local authority care, SEN schools, Carriers of Hope for refugees, Ghanian Children’s support projects and more.
Families in Kenilworth of three generations made up relaxation gift bags for primary care trust staff in homes and rehabilitation centres. None of them had been thanked or given discounts or support during the pandemic so the Coventry Comfort Carers thought they would give them all a treat.
Students from Bablake School raised £1,800 through a sleep-out and a trolley dash.
Other donations came in from Coventry Boys and Girls Club, Waterlogic, Parkleys medical centre, Acorns nursery and many other services and individuals.
AJ Evans, co-founder of Coventry Comfort Carers, said: “It truly does show Coventry will always look after their people and others outside the city when they are in need.
“We are not just the heart of England we are the heart or comfort and care in the UK and we just simply help spread that love.
“My team have been amazing this year all giving up their homes and garages to do this so I am so so thankful to them.”
He also thanked the Coventry Observer for the support we had given in promoting this appeal and the previous successful one which saw 4,000 advent calendars donated and handed out to those who needed them too ‘raise 25 smiles’ in the run up to Christmas.