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Burntwood centre thanks locals who helped spread Christmas cheer to deserving children

People in Burntwood are being thanked for helping to give some Christmas cheer to local children.

An appeal by the Spark centre in Burntwood saw 137 gifts donated to deserving families in the town.

Some of the gifts donated to the Spark centre's appeal

Some of the gifts donated to the Spark centre’s appeal

Children who benefited from the initiative included those under financial hardship, youngsters who were ill or acting as a carer for a family member, and those who were grieving.

Collections were organised by the likes of Fulfen Primary School, Burntwood Methodist Church and Burntwood Boys and Girls Brigade.

One parent who saw their child receive a gift said: “After such a difficult year, the kindness of those who have donated gifts has amazed us.

“Our eldest burst into tears when we explained who the gifts were from and why.”

The scheme was the idea of Spark volunteer Becky Hicken.

Volunteer director Esther Allen said: “We were overwhelmed with support for this new project for which we are truly grateful.

“Donators will never know the joy they have brought this Christmas to so many through the gift of giving.”

Spark are celebrating the New Year by launching new activities to their timetable including a new after school club, dads and male carers group, job hunting support and beauty treatments at the purpose-built family centre based at Springhill Academy in Burntwood.

The centre and activities are run by volunteers and anyone interested in giving back to the community can email for more information.

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