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Lord Mayor helps spread happiness with gift parcels

MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS FUND: Launch of the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift fund, pictured (I-r) Sheila Cragg (chairman), Peter Brown (vice chairman), Harry Cragg (committee member), Jennie Parker and Phil Ashdown (treasurer) and Lord Mayor Ann Taylor
MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS FUND: Launch of the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift fund, pictured (I-r) Sheila Cragg (chairman), Peter Brown (vice chairman), Harry Cragg (committee member), Jennie Parker and Phil Ashdown (treasurer) and Lord Mayor Ann Taylor

THE Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Ann Taylor, has launched her annual Christmas Gift Fund. Every year, the fund is used to create hundreds of food parcels for the area’s neediest and most vulnerable people during the holiday season. The fund’s chairman Sheila Cragg talked about the annual drive, which has been helping people since 1952. She said:

“With our 62 year history it is hard to imagine the numbers of people who have received a token of Christmas cheer from us over that period of time and this year once again we shall try to spread some happiness where the need is greatest.”

Created as a local fund for local people, the charity needs to raise around £16,000 every year to cover its costs, and deliver up to 500 relief packages across the season. The parcels themselves may only contain groceries, but for some ofthe older residents, the knowledge that people are looking after them is just as important. Anyone who wants to donate to the fund can send a cheque, payable to The Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund, do Robert Brett House, Milton Manor Farm, Ashford Road, Canterbury CT4 7PP. Taxpayers can also help by letting the fund claim back the tax on their donation at no cost to the individual.

• To help them do this, a form is available on request, or you can download it at christmasgiftfund.co.uk.

Herne Bay Gazette, November 19th 2014

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