The good people of Arundel were invited to participate in Arundel Town Council’s ‘Reverse Father Christmas’ appeal during the first weekend of ‘Arundel at Christmas’.
Father Christmas made an appearance at the town’s tree lighting ceremony on Friday 2 December and during the Tarrant Street Christmas Market on Saturday 3 December to launch the appeal. With the help of some elves from the Rotary Club of Angmering & South Downs, he was busy collecting unwrapped donations that will then be distributed to those in need, working with HomeStart: Arun, Worthing & Adur.
Tracy Clayton, Town Events Manager at Arundel Town Council said:
“Arundel is magical at any time of the year, but especially so at Christmas. The Town Council wanted to extend that magic to reach families in need this year. The ‘Reverse Father Christmas’ appeal can accept unwrapped, new donations of food items, toiletries, festive treats, toys and gifts suitable for all ages that can be passed on to local families via HomeStart volunteers.”
“We have already received a generous amount of donations and would like to thank Arundel’s residents and visitors for their overwhelming support for this worthy appeal.”
There are two further opportunities to bring your donations to Father Christmas during ‘Arundel at Christmas’. He will be in the Town Square on Saturday 10 December between 12-4pm, and in the Lower High Street on Saturday 17 December between 3-7pm. Donations can also be handed into Father Christmas at the Arundel Town Council stall at the next Arundel Farmers Market, also on 17 December between 9-1. People can also donate online directly to HomeStart’s ‘Throw a Lifeline’ campaign or make a cash donation to the ‘Arundel at Christmas’ charity buckets. Cash donations will be divided equally between the HomeStart appeal, Elevenses – the Dementia initiative at Arundel Lido and ‘Arundel at Christmas’.