‘Best year yet’ for Barnstaple church’s shoebox appeal

June Redfern of International Aid Trust, the Reverend Donald Macalister, and shoebox coordinator Syl

June Redfern of International Aid Trust, the Reverend Donald Macalister, and shoebox coordinator Sylvia Jones. Picture: Sarah Howells - Credit: Archant

Christ Church in Barnstaple has once again been busy filling shoeboxes for those in need this Christmas.

The collection of shoeboxes and knitted blankets at Christ Church in Barnstaple.

The collection of shoeboxes and knitted blankets at Christ Church in Barnstaple. - Credit: Archant

A Barnstaple church has had its best ever result in its annual Christmas shoebox appeal.

Christ Church in Bear Street has amassed more than 280 shoeboxes filled with a little festive cheer.

They have also collected blankets knitted by church members and the wider community.

The donations were collected for International Aid Trust, which will ship them throughout the year to children in eastern Europe, Africa, and wherever the need is greatest.


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Organiser Sylvia Jones said: “When we first started five-to-six years ago, we only had 38 boxes.

“So I am very pleased we have managed to collect so many – our best year yet.”

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