£715, food and clothes donated by Forder residents
A few weeks ago Ian, a staff nurse at Cornwall Foundation Trust, told us that as he would be working over Christmas he had decided to gift his Christmas to a family in Saltash—which was struggling to buy food— by giving them a food hamper. He suggested that the village of Forder could make up a second hamper for another Saltash family . The response was swift and generous: £715 plus food items was donated and used to fill a dozen hampers . With the help of Livewire, needy local families were identified and Livewire will do the distribution. Money left over will be added to the £146 raised by our Christmas tree ribbons and donated to the Salvation Army Lifehouse for the homeless.
Ian also asked for donations of clothing etc for his hospital ward in Bodmin. The people at the unit range in age from 18 to 65. This ward gives high intensity treatment for those experiencing mental health problems. It often happens that these people are homeless and arrive at the hospital with nothing. The aim is that they should have at least decent clothing when they finish their treatment and leave the hospital, “which is when you see them smile again”, says Ian.
So, a great opportunity to clear out wardrobes with several of us following the wisdom that if we hadn’t worn it for several years then we didn’t really need it, and it was surprising just how many items that was. Goodbye, beautiful lime-green shirt. Of course, these needs will continue after Christmas so if you have a clear-out of some decent clothing—any time—then do contact Ian Summers at: 07974 820589
In the pouring rain of the aftenoon of December 23, Forder was visted by the Mayor of Saltash Councillor Pete Samuels and his wife Councilor Brenda Samuels, who presented chocolates and a Saltash calendar to FCCA Chairman Bryan Baker and Lynn, on behalf of the residents of Forder, to thank them for their work and generosity in providing the hampers.