EHDC spreading the Christmas cheer

Monday, 17 December, 2018

Children from across the district are in for a treat on Christmas Day thanks to East Hampshire District Council staff and councillors.

More than 200 Christmas presents have been bought, wrapped and delivered to children who were put forward by local schools and charities.

Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Communities, said: “We know that there are some children across the district who would really appreciate a present on Christmas Day and may not be as fortunate as their friends.

“I am so proud that EHDC staff and councillors really got behind this scheme again and bought more than 200 gifts. We had a record amount this year and had so many presents that they couldn’t all fit in the van! A really great effort from everyone.

“It’s wonderful that as a council we can make a little difference and bring some happiness to our local children over Christmas.”

The scheme was arranged by the Alton Buckle Local Children’s Partnership which works with schools and charities. The partnership provided a list of local children's ages and genders, allowing staff and councillors to pick out an appropriate present.

The gifts were handed on to the partnership which will then deliver them to the children for a wonderful surprise on Christmas Day.

Jen Hammersley, from the Local Children’s Partnership, arranged the scheme. She said: “Thank you so much to everyone at EHDC for your kindness and for buying so many presents which will make such a huge difference.

“Some families really struggle at this time of year as it can be very expensive, you don’t understand how much the families and the children will appreciate your generosity.

"The presents will mean so much to those children who otherwise might not have received any. They will bring smiles and happiness to the children on Christmas morning."