A huge thank you from Rosedale

Rosedale Funeral Home Diss. Rosedale's Alison Storey with shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, the UK’s largest children’s Christmas appeal. Photo: Steve Adams

Rosedale’s Alison Storey with shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, the UK’s largest children’s Christmas appeal.

Staff at Rosedale Funeral Home would like to give grateful thanks to the many generous people of Attleborough, Beccles, Bungay, Diss, Halesworth and Wymondham and the surrounding communities for the wonderful response to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Close to 900 shoeboxes were wrapped and packed with small gifts to be taken to children in poorer countries, most of whom would otherwise have nothing at all and many are in orphanages.

It has been heart-warming to witness the kindness and thoughtfulness, of people bringing in writing materials, toys and other goodies for us to include in the shoe-boxes, some have donated Christmas wrapping paper for us to cover the boxes and many have brought their filled shoe-boxes.

When the boxes were collected from Rosedale in Halesworth to start their journey abroad, we were delighted to be joined by Hazel Gerrish one of the residents from Beech House in Halesworth who supported the appeal, along with some of our team of knitters who so generously knit mittens and scarves, glove puppets and bags to be included in the shoe boxes.

Rosedale Funeral Home Halesworth. Photo: Steve Adams Dee Besley and Doug Mizon, front centre and right with fellow staff and community members who have supported Operation Christmas Child, the UK’s largest children’s Christmas appeal. Photo: Steve Adams

Next year we will be widening the appeal and packing boxes for entire families and the elderly through an organisation called Link to Hope, and will be able to include items such as candles with holders and wind up torches as well as packing boxes with toiletries and baby supplies for the local women’s refuge.