Leave No One Behind at Christmas

Haywards Heath Town Council is running the Leave No One Behind at Christmas campaign again this year.

This was a successful campaign, originally run in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The campaign was run again last year in response to the Cost-of-Living crisis. It is a campaign to ensure those who are in need are signposted to the services available to them and to ensure those in this vulnerable category receive a gift package to enjoy over the festive season.

  Cllr Nick Chapman, Chair of the E&GP Committee of Haywards Heath Town Council, comments:

 “As many people will unfortunately be suffering from the cost-of-living crisis, we believe it is a vital time to run our Leave No One Behind At Christmas campaign again.

 We are committed to helping the elderly and vulnerable, who may be facing the festive season alone. Our aim is to reach out to the elderly and vulnerable to provide them with information on organisations that can help them over Christmas and with rising costs. We would also like everyone who will be celebrating Christmas in these groups, to receive a gift of treats to help them take part in the festive season.  Local agencies will nominate individuals to receive these packages and as part of this, we are also asking for donations of items to go into the gifts.  This will ensure that we as a community make sure we leave no one behind at Christmas.

 I would like to thank CLS Behring, The Orchards shopping Centre and P&S Gallagher, for helping this campaign to continue.”

 Donations to enhance the gift packages for the elderly and vulnerable at Christmas can be dropped at Town Hall, 40 Boltro Road, RH16 1BA or The Dolphin Leisure Centre, Pasture Hill Road, RH16 1LY. Haywards Heath Town Council will be accepting donations until Friday 17th November.

 Leave No one Behind at Christmas Donations required:

-Tinned Soup

-Packets of biscuits (sweet and savoury)

-Hot chocolate sachets

-Tea bags/ instant coffee

-Mince pies

-Selection packs

-Christmas chocolates (coins etc.)

We ask all donations to be of good quality, with a best before date no earlier than January 2024.