The elves and the shop­pers

Mo­bil­ity help with gift lifts – and lunch

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE AN­NUAL as­sisted shop­ping event, co­or­di­nated and run by Hilling­don Shop­mo­bil­ity, was another great suc­cess.

Run­ning for more then 14 years, it is de­signed to make Christ­mas shop­ping ac­ces­si­ble to those who are house­bound and/or dis­abled who would other­wise find it dif­fi­cult to get presents for their loved ones.

At the same time the guests en­joy com­pan­ion­ship with like-minded guests and have the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with young peo­ple from sixth forms at a num­ber of Hilling­don schools.

Fol­low­ing a fes­tive shop­ping spree guests were treated to a twocourse Christ­mas lunch in the Mid­dle­sex Suite, Uxbridge, fol­lowed by car­ols with St An­drews’ School Choir and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment from The Sal­va­tion Army.

Key spon­sors of the event are Bar­clays, Intu Uxbridge and Pavil­ions with sup­port from other lo­cal re­tail­ers, par­tic­u­larly Tesco, Pop­pies Flower Stall and Boots.

The event also has had valu­able in­put from St Mar­garet’s Church, Uxbridge For­ward, Hilling­don Trans­port Ser­vices and Hilling­don Com­mu­nity Trans­port, and the Ro­tary Club of Uxbridge.

And Fa­ther Christ­mas, en route from La­p­land, ar­rived on his sleigh with his elves in tow and gave ev­ery guest a present.

The Mayor and May­oress of Hilling­don Cllr John Hens­ley and Mrs Diane Hens­ley drew a raf­fle and pre­sented a ham­per to one lucky guest on each of the seven buses, be­fore all guests re­turned home by minibus under the ste­ward­ship of the bus mar­shals.

ELF SER­VICE: Guest Derek Her­ring and town cen­tre min­is­ter June Hugh­man (cen­tre) with (from left) Bar­clays elves Bran­don Ad­away, Ni­co­las Smith and Steve Hatswell

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