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Present in the Park

A reverse advent calendar is being set up in two Ipswich parks to encourage visitors to help the Mayor’s Charities.

The Present in the Park project is the brainchild of the Borough’s parks staff, who are establishing drop-off points at the Holywells Park Visitor Centre and Christchurch Park’s Reg Driver Centre from this Friday (1st December) to make an Advent with a difference.

Parks service manager Lisa Stannard explained: “We want as many people as possible to bring in their unwrapped gifts in the run-up to Christmas. Our staff will then wrap them and send them off to the Mayor of Ipswich’s charities – Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Ipswich Hospital Charity and Families in Need (FIND).

If you are not sure what to give, here are a few ideas: books, DVDs, games and colouring books, unopened toiletries, new or good quality second-hand warm clothing such as gloves, scarves, hats, socks, or even pyjamas and slippers, along with decorative ornaments to make a house more homely.

The Mayor, Councillor Sarah Barber, is delighted with the Advent project. “Present in the Park will help make Christmas a happier time for many people, who could feel more vulnerable and alone at this time of year. You can help make this Christmas a wonderful time for those in real need.”

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