Charity launches new gift service for needy
Your £50 can help someone from being evicted
A NEW gift service has been launched by the Heart of Bucks charity to enable people to buy gifts while also helping someone less fortunate in our local community.
The new service – called Local Gifts – builds on the success of virtual gifts offered by international charities for gifts such as donkeys, solar cookers and latrines and applies it to the needs of local Buckinghamshire people.
The service offers an initial suite of 12 gifts at price points ranging from £10 to £100 and by choosing one of the gifts, people in Buckinghamshire can be helped to transform their lives and communities.
The gifts that are provided include, for £10, the opportunity to give a family of four food parcels for one week, which is offered through Wycombe-based One Can Trust.
Twenty pounds buys a talking watch for someone with failing sight from Time Out For Seniors in Aylesbury, while £30 buys two gifts for a young offender in prison to send to their family at Christmas and birthdays and £40 provides a ‘Pal-Pad’ switch device for a child with cerebral palsy to control computer equipment with the PACE Centre.
At the higher end of the scale, £50 buys a month of help for someone to retain their tenancy and avoid eviction through Wycombe Homeless Connection and £100 provides an afternoon of activity with horses for a group of 10 adults with special needs from Horses Helping People.
When a gift is bought you will receive a certificate and envelope from Heart of Bucks which can be personalised and then passed to the ultimate recipient of the gift to explain how local people and communities have benefited.
“Our research tells us that people are always wanting to find new ways to support the work of local charities,” says Richard Dickson, Heart of Bucks’ director at the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation.
“Bucks will be the only county in the UK with such a Local Gifts service and, especially in the run up to Christmas, we’re hoping that as many people as possible will get behind the scheme to help the less fortunate members of our community.”
For more information about Local Gifts, visit www.heartofbucks.org or contact Heart of Bucks on 01296 330 134.
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held a healing service on Monday, September 29.
The service was held after a request by the St Vincent De Paul Society.
After mass, tea was served in the parish centre.
Marija Walters takes part in the healing service