We have awarded both The Base and Wade Hall Community Association £1,000 from our Community Investment Fund to deliver Christmas Eve bags to local families.

The project, known as Christmas Smiles, will provide children with Christmas Eve bags filled with a new pair of pyjamas, a present, stocking fillers, chocolates and sweets.

Andrea Andrews, Youth and Community Worker at The Base, which is run by Key Unlocking Futures, said: “We are supporting around 500 families from the Broadfield and Wade Hall areas. The cost of living crisis is having a huge impact, especially for our families who work, but are on a low income. For many of the children, this is the only treat they will receive this Christmas.

“We know what a huge positive impact it has on our families and it is a huge relief for the parents. This donation means a lot to us and we can’t wait to see the smiles on these children’s faces.

"We want to thank everyone else who has donated or pledged support for our Christmas Smiles project."

Rachel, a single mum of three, received a Christmas Eve bag last year. She said: "The Christmas Eve bags are an absolute God send and I am so grateful to have this support. The girls loved them.”

Taylor, nine, added: "My pyjamas are so snuggly and warm and I loved my new football and Cluedo game."

Neil Townsend, Non-Executive Director and chairman of the Community Investment Fund working party, said: “We understand how hard it is for low income families, especially as they face added pressure at Christmas.

“Christmas Smiles is a wonderful initiative that can help ease that pressure and we were more than happy to support it through our Community Investment Fund.”

The project is looking for donations of new pyjamas for all ages, including teenagers and adults. These can be dropped off at Wade Hall Community Centre (The Place), Royal Avenue, Leyland, between 12.30pm and 8pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday, or The Base, Bannister Drive, Leyland, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, until December 18.

  • The Base and Wade Hall Community Association are also working together to hold a free community pantomime on December 16.  All cast are local community members and everyone involved is giving up their time voluntarily to bring the true spirit of Christmas and the magic of pantomime and theatre to everyone. Booking is now full and we wish everyone the best of luck!



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