Make good use of your unwanted presents

NORTHUMBERLAND residents with unwanted Christmas presents are being asked to put them to good use.

As part of its Make With Me initiative, charity Mencap is calling on people to sell items they will not use – from soap sets and home gadgets to clothing and food – to raise vital funds for people with a learning disability.

This can be done by organising a gift swapping party, where unwanted presents can be swapped in exchange for a donation to Mencap.

The scheme also encourages residents to learn a new skill, such as knitting and cross stitching, or take up sugar or paper craft.

All makers, beginners and veterans alike, enjoy the sense of achievement that comes from making their own unique gifts for a loved one and items for the home or to wear, whilst helping a charity at the same time.

For full information on how to recycle your presents, possible recipes and items to make, as well as how to give a donation, visit