Mayor presents Cheque to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal 2023
Published: 04 December 2023
For many years, The Salvation Army have been heavily involved in providing Christmas gifts to families in Bognor Regis, who otherwise may not be able to afford to purchase their own presents for their families and children, particularly through the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Due to an increase in the number of charities and groups now providing toys to families within the Town, in more recent years, The Salvation Army, in partnership with Family Support Work (Chichester Diocese), have focused on offering ‘experiences’ rather than gifts, giving local families the opportunity to spend quality time together and to create happy Christmas memories. In addition to the purchasing of gift vouchers, and to make packages more ‘festive’, The Salvation Army are providing small gift bags, which can be filled with some suggested items to accompany each voucher donated and be given to a family.
At the Full Council Meeting held on 30 October 2023, Members agreed to donate £500, funded from the unspent 2023 unallocated Grant Aid Budget, to The Salvation Army for their 2023 Christmas Appeal with the Mayor pleased to be able to present a cheque towards supporting local families in Bognor Regis this Christmas.