Char­ity launches new gift ser­vice for needy

Your £50 can help some­one from be­ing evicted

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Mort Smith mort.smith@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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 as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble will get be­hind the

scheme”

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.

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

Mar­ija Wal­ters takes part in the heal­ing ser­vice

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