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Bringing Christmas Cheer

For the 4th year running, Swindon Soroptimists have presented Christmas gift shoe boxes to the Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre.  The 25 boxes are for the vulnerable women who use the Centre, many of whom face hardship and are unlikely to get many Christmas gifts.  The Club also donated clothes and winter coats for the clients and Christmas chocolates for the hardworking, dedicated staff!

Using items collected by the members of the Swindon Soroptimist Club, plus donations from Marlborough Ladies Who Latte and Live Laugh Love groups, 25 boxes were wrapped and filled at member Gillian Reed’s house recently.

President Valerie & member Gillian wrapping boxes!


As Lydia Cardew, Club PAO says “These women have tough challenges. We want them to know someone was thinking of them.  We try to make the boxes useful and fun, with items such as scarves, toiletries, and pads / pens as well as a Christmas gift, crackers and chocolate”.




Gillian Reed, Lydia Cardew, Valerie Nuttall and Jackie Webb with the completed boxes.


The boxes were handed over the following day.  Team member Chessie peaked at the box contents and commented “Wow!” whilst Office manager at the Centre, Elaine said “The Mrs’ Santas come to the Nelson Trust to bring Christmas joy to the wonderful women whom we support.  Many thanks for doing this year on year!”