With 3,900 children living in poverty in Amber Valley – we are urging our readers to dig deep this Christmas to hlp those in need.
The latest figures released by the borough council on the health and wellbeing of residents also shows that winter deaths in our towns are well above the national average.
Last week we announced that we had inked up with the Ripley churches’ Christmas food parcel scheme to make sure local families don’t go hungry this festive season.
The project is headed up by the town’s Salvation Army, based at Heath Road, which last year handed out more than 100 bundles of food to keep people fed over the yuletide period so they can enjoy just some of those festive trappings many of us take for granted. And we are calling on News readers to help by donating what hey can to the cause - whether it be food or small gifts. It could really make the difference to someone’s Christmas.
Envoy for the Salvation Army Kevin Wibberley said: “We provide food parcels to families throughout the year, but we would want to do something slightly extra throughout the Christmas season.We need those staple foods – things which can provide meals for people. But at Christmas, we try to provide that something special as well that could really make their Christmas, such as a small box of chocolates, biscuits, anything like that.”
For details of where and how to make a donation, see below. This week staff of Ripley Libary on Grosvenor Road have kindly agreed to let us use the facility as a dop-off point also. The campaign has the backing of leader of Ripley Town Council Steve Freeborn, who said this week: “It’s a sad sign of the times that people are relying on food parcels such as these, but I fully support what the Ripley churches are doing.”