page one december 2016


Spreading seasonal joy

PEOPLE in Downend have generously filled 80 shoe boxes full of treats and goodies which will be sent across the world to people in need.

The initiative was organised by Angela Avent and Joan Newton from Christ Church Downend along with Warmley resident Diane Williams.

They have been helping the Blytheswood Care shoe box appeal for many years.

Each box contains a hand knitted hat, gloves and scarf set, along with toiletries, sweets and small gifts. 

Of the 80 boxes, Joan and Diane filled 29 themselves as well as knitting the hats and gloves for all 80 boxes, ably supported by Diane’s mum who knitted all the scarves. 

In 2015 the Blytheswood Care charity sent 116,576 shoe boxes to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.

Meanwhile, people at Christ Church have come up with an idea for spreading the joy closer to home - turn to Page 3 to find out what they have in mind to demonstrate the "reason for the season".