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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Prince's Trust Team put new twist on advent calendar

29/11/17

Advent Calendar
Advent Calendar

Young people taking part in the Prince’s Trust Team Programme with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have launched a festive appeal in a bid to help those in need this Christmas.

“Christmas is a wonderful time of the year but for some it can be incredibly difficult and we’re really proud that our students have recognised this and focused their fundraising efforts on helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Team Leader Charlotte Seymour

The participants from Cannock are hoping to start a new tradition of a reverse advent calendar where the focus is on giving rather than receiving each day.

In the run up to Christmas the students are asking staff and firefighters to donate one item each day until Monday December 18, placing items in collection boxes provided around the county. Members of the public can also contribute by taking items into Cannock or Stafford Community Fire Stations during office hours.

By December 18 the team hopes enough items will have been donated to give to a local homeless shelter, the YMCA and the Cannock Food Bank.

Team Leader Charlotte Seymour said: “As part of their course the young people were encouraged to come up with an innovative way of helping others this Christmas. .

“We really hope that staff and the public alike give generously - every donation will help someone, so please give what you can.

“Christmas is a wonderful time of the year but for some it can be incredibly difficult and we’re really proud that our students have recognised this and focused their fundraising efforts on helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

The following is a list of items that can be donated:

Clothing and toiletries

Tins and treats

Toothbrush

Biscuits

Toothpaste

Cereals

Shampoo & conditioner

UHT milk

Soap

Mug shots & cuppa soups

Feminine hygiene products

Baked beans

Hat

Rice pudding

Scarf

Soup

Gloves

Pot noodles