Thank you for help­ing to make a dif­fer­ence


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­

KIND-HEARTED Ken­tish Ex­press read­ers have made the big­gest do­na­tion to our Christ­mas ap­peal ever.

Parcels filled with gifts and food from read­ers have be­gun mak­ing their way to fam­i­lies who are alone or do not have the money to spare for presents.

Se­nior leader at Ash­ford’s Sal­va­tion Army Mark Scott said: “We have helped a fam­ily of three – mum, dad and a lit­tle girl – with a food ham­per and toys and they’re prob­a­bly com­ing to our Christ­mas Day din­ner at the East Stour pri­mary school.

So grate­ful

“They are so grate­ful for all that they have re­ceived and are looking for­ward to Christ­mas now rather than it fill­ing them with dread be­cause they know that there will be some­thing for their lit­tle girl to open.

“Cir­cum­stance meant that they had no money com­ing in and the help they re­ceived has en­abled them to worry that lit­tle bit less.”

The fi­nal sack-load of good­ies was picked up from the Ken­tish Ex­press of­fice on Mon­day by Sal­va­tion Army vol­un­teer Val Barkley.

The gifts will be given to needy fam­i­lies this Christ­mas.

Mr Scott added: “I would just like to say a huge thank-you to every­one who has helped out with the ap­peal this year and to all those who have volun- teered to help on Christ­mas Day. Many of those who have vol­un­teered have come as a re­sult of the sto­ries in the Ken­tish Ex­press.

“We’ve had a

lot more re­quests for help from so­cial ser­vices this year so every­one who has do­nated gifts has made a real dif­fer­ence to fam­i­lies across Ash­ford this Christ­mas.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1656064

Val Barkley, from Ash­ford Sal­va­tion Army, col­lects presents left at our of­fice

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