Christmas hamper campaign launched in Sudbury

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A church in Sudbury hopes its annual Christmas campaign will help hundreds of people who are struggling for enough to eat.

Together with Waitrose, the Stour Valley Vineyard Church is aiming to get even more people involved in its Storehouse Food Christmas hamper campaign, which provides vital food parcels for members of the local community in need.

On the weekend of November 29 and 30, shoppers at Waitrose in Sudbury will be given a shopping list of items desperately needed by people in Sudbury and the surrounding area.

Shoppers, if they wish, can purchase these items and place them in baskets for the charity, which will then sort them into special Christmas hampers for families and individuals.

Last year, around 450 people benefitted from the hampers, with all the items collected in one weekend alone.

“It’s an incredibly important cause,” said Andrew Stewart-Darling, senior pastor of Stour Valley Vineyard Church.

The church, acting upon referrals from social services and other organisations, collects and hands out food parcels and toiletries throughout the year, but it was Waitrose that first asked the church to work with it for the hamper appeal.

“It’s been brilliant – Waitrose has been fantastic,” said Mr Stewart-Darling. “It has pulled out all the stops to make it a success and it really values the relationship and importance of helping local people in crisis.

“It means the community is aware and people are very passionate about the local community here.”

Those wanting to donate but unable to get to Waitrose should check the church’s website www.stourvalley vineyard.org/storehouse.