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Collection brings Christmas cheer to Banbury families

21 December 2017
Jill Edge, manager of the Sunshine Centre, receiving a hamper of items collected by Sanctuary staff from neighbourhood partnerships manager Kate Winstanley.

Staff from Sanctuary Housing are spreading Christmas cheer in Banbury with a festive food collection.

Employees have been collecting essential food items, along with a few seasonal treats, to support Banbury Foodbank and the Sunshine Centre.

Generous contributions have included everything from tea bags and tinned fruit to biscuits, chocolates and Christmas puddings, with the donations delivered to the two local causes by Sanctuary’s very own band of little helpers.

Banbury Foodbank will use the donations to help it to deliver emergency food parcels to people in need over Christmas, while the Sunshine Centre is raffling a festive hamper to raise funds for its work supporting local families.

David Holgarth, of Banbury Foodbank, said: “We don’t believe that anyone in our community should have to face going hungry over the Christmas period or at any other time of the year.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to the staff at Sanctuary for choosing to support us with their festive collection.”

Jill Edge, the manager at the Sunshine Centre, added: “We’re so grateful for this seasonal show of support, which will help us provide an important service to local families not just at Christmas, but right throughout the year.”

Kate Winstanley with donations collected for Banbury Foodbank.

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnership manager, Kate Winstanley, who led on the collection, commented: “We were keen to support these two fantastic facilities having seen first-hand the difference they make to people in our local community.”

Banbury Foodbank provides nutritionally-balanced, three-day emergency food parcels, giving out a total of 1,836 to local people last year.

The Sunshine Centre, in Edmunds Road, provides support to children under the age of five and their families offering a variety of activities, information, play and help from professionals working in a wide range of fields.