Gambling on support

(L-R). Morpeth Lions John Gray, Ian Mills & Richard Nash start making up the Christmas food parcels.
(L-R). Morpeth Lions John Gray, Ian Mills & Richard Nash start making up the Christmas food parcels.

A GENEROUS Morpeth community group is gambling on public support for its annual Christmas food parcel scheme.

Every year Morpeth Lions Club delivers more than 200 hampers to elderly and needy people in and around the town thanks to kind-hearted Morrisons supermarket shoppers.

When the scheme began 25 years ago, people were encouraged to buy an extra item in their food shop to help make up the parcels.

But in recent years the collection has come too late to make sure all the hampers can be delivered.

Now the club uses funds earmarked for future projects to buy the necessary produce, asking shoppers for a cash contribution to recoup the money.

This year’s collection will take place next week and it is hoped that at least £2,200 will be raised.

Lion Robin Cooper, who organises the scheme along with fellow member Richard Nash, said: “We fully appreciate that at this time of the year everyone is being asked to help some worthy cause.

“Those who receive our Christmas food gifts have been identified by a number of local agencies as being in need. The Lions Club knows the value and pleasure that receipt of the parcels brings.

“We are grateful to Morrisons for providing this opportunity to undertake this act of service. We are especially grateful to the public whose generosity will hopefully make our gamble pay off.”

It is estimated that since the scheme began at least 5,000 parcels have been provided, with a total value of around £55,000.