‘Thanks for festive help’

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EDITOR - May I once again through the Skegness Standard give my sincere thanks to all those people who gave so generously, to help us make Christmas special for the women and children staying at our refuge.

Over many years Pete Roffe and Steven Andrews of the Hildreds Shopping Centre have supported Boston Women’s Aid.

Not only at Christmas do we have their help but all through the year they and their team offer their assistance to us and support our work with victims of domestic abuse and their families. Thank you.

This year the ‘Giving Tree’ was again located in the Hildreds Centre. Even more so than in previous years, I am amazed and humbled in these hard financial times by the generosity of the people of Skegness and the surrounding areas. Thank you for making sure Santa visited the refuge.

Thank you Jim Carpenter for your kindness in providing a chocolate selection box for every child.

This Christmas the families enjoyed the production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at the Embassy Theatre. Thank you to Jamie Marcus and Carl Lawrence for bringing laughter and joy!

The performance was followed by tea at Little Frankie’s. One little boy was made even more happy with his special birthday cake. Thank you Graham and Elaine Whitehead for the lovely food and for making the families feel so welcome.

All good things must come to an end and this wonderful day finished with meeting Santa in his grotto at the Hildreds Centre. Thank you Pete, Steve and team.

My final thank you goes to members of the Skegness Carnival Committee with particular thanks to Brian and Julie Chapman. The whole day was truly magical and brought happiness to many little people and their parents.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous New Year. I hopee that as we face the cuts in funding, Boston Women’s Aid will be able to continue to offer advice, support and safe accommodation for all the victims of domestic abuse.

LYNN MITCHELL Boston Women’s Aid Manager