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Christmas hamper project helps deliver festive joy

11 December 2020

Festival Place is helping bring festive cheer to families in need this Christmas by supporting Basingstoke Foodbank and Besom in Basingstoke’s Christmas Hamper Project.

Local people are being urged to either create their own festive hampers or bring items to the dedicated foodbank Christmas unit which has been set up on the upper floor of the Basingstoke shopping centre.

Every December, Basingstoke Foodbank and the Besom in Basingstoke work together to help local people in need, and last year delivered around 600 Christmas hampers to individuals and families across Basingstoke.

Abigail Compton-Burnett from the foodbank said: “We are greeted with huge smiles and often tears on doorsteps.

“We work with over 50 agencies that help local people in need, who refer to us clients living in Basingstoke who would particularly value a Christmas hamper. We would love to give hampers to all of them, but we rely on donations, so can only give as many hampers and food items as we receive.

“We are delighted that Festival Place has given us a unit in which we can receive and assemble hampers. We have already received many donations, and it is wonderful to know there is so much goodwill and desire to help in Basingstoke – especially this year when so many families are struggling.”

FP Marketing Manager Emily Palmer said: “These Christmas hampers will help bring a little bit of joy at the end of what has been a very hard year for so many.

“We are delighted to be supporting such a fantastic initiative, and we hope our wonderful customers will come up with all sorts of lovely Christmas items that would be the perfect addition to a festive hamper.”

To create your own Christmas hamper, just cover a cardboard box with festive paper and fill it will all the things that make Christmas special.

Suggested items for either a hamper or individual donation include:

• Cake – ideally Christmas or Yule Log
• Pudding – ideally Christmas or a chocolate version
• Box of mince pies
• Box of chocolates
• Box or packet of biscuits
• Hot drink – tea, hot chocolate, coffee
• Tinned meat – eg ham, chicken, mince, pork
• Tinned tuna
• Cooking sauce – eg curry sauce, pasta sauce
• Packet of seasonal dried stuffing
• Tinned fruit
• Custard
• A nice jar of jam or pickle
• Toiletries
• Christmas Crackers

People can bring food items and hampers to the Christmas Hamper site at Festival Place (on the upper level opposite Starbucks) from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, between December 2 and 19. There will also be Basingstoke Foodbank drop-off points at local supermarkets until December 19.

For more details, visit www.festivalplace.co.uk or www.thebesombasingstoke.org/foodbankhampers