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Christmas Gift bags to Nelson Trust 2022

Gillian, Valerie and Jackie with 25 brightly coloured Christmas gift bags on a table
Swindon Soroptimists Gillian, Valerie and Jackie with 25 Christmas bags for the Nelson Trust

With the current cold and hardship that so many are facing, Swindon Soroptimists were again pleased to continue their support of the Nelson Trust with Christmas gift bags.

The 25 bags are for the vulnerable women who use the Centre, for many of whom this may be the only Christmas gift they receive. Following previous requests from Centre staff, the Soroptimists also donated underwear, leggings and gloves to help the Sex workers the staff support.

The Club are now known for the Christmas bags and once again had had great support from friends and also local Ladies Who Latte, Nordic Walking and WI Book Clubs in buying, sorting and collecting items that can be included.

Some of the items waiting to be packed into gift bags

Members Gillian, Valerie and Jackie got together to sort and pack the 800 plus items received, so each box had an amazing 31 different items.  The items ranged from useful things like gloves, scarves and hats, pads and pens to treats such as pampering mini toiletries and costume jewellery, plus chocolate and Christmas crackers!

So, once again 25 bags were delivered to the Swindon Nelson Trust Women’s Centre, in time for handing out at their Christmas lunch, and safely stowed in Santa’s Grotto!

Nelson Trust Team lead Raenia (front) and Carrie, deputy centre manager (rear)

Members Jackie Webb, Lydia Cardew and Regional President Valerie Nuttall delivered the bags and staff at the Nelson Trust were very grateful. Carrie Roberts, Deputy Centre Manager commented, “We thank the Swindon Soroptimists for their amazing donation of all these lovely gifts for the women here. In time of hardship and especially this year they are most gratefully received.”