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|Local Gifts - give a gift from the heart
|A brand new gift service has been launched by Heart of Bucks to enable people to buy a present for a family member, friend or colleague that at the same time also benefits someone less fortunate in our local community.
The new service - called ‘Local Gifts’ – builds on the success of virtual gifts offered by international charities for gifts such as donkeys, solar cookers and latrines and applies it to the needs of local Buckinghamshire people. The service offers an initial suite of 12 gifts at price points ranging from £10 to £100 and by choosing one of the gifts people in Buckinghamshire can be helped to transform their lives and the lives of their communities.
The gifts that are provided include, for £10, the opportunity to provide four family foodparcels for one week which is offered through Wycombe-based One Can Trust. £20 buys a talking watch for someone with failing sight from Time Out For Seniors in Aylesbury, £30 buys two gifts from a young offender in prison to send to his/her family at Christmas and birthdays and £40 provides a ‘Pal-Pad’ switch device for a child with cerebral palsy to control computer equipment with The PACE Centre. £50 buys a month of help for an individual to retain their tenancy and avoid eviction through Wycombe Homeless Connection and £100 provides an afternoon of activity with horses for a group of 10 adults with special needs from Horses Helping People.
When a gift is bought the purchaser will receive a certificate and envelope from Heart of Bucks which can be personalised and then passed to the ultimate recipient of the gift to explain how local people and communities have benefited from the gift.
‘Our research tells us that people are always wanting to find new ways to support the work of local charities’ says Richard Dickson, Heart of Bucks’s Director at Buckinghamshire Community Foundation. ‘We know also that for many people in the county deciding what to give as a present can be a real challenge! Buckinghamshire will be the only county in the UK with such a ‘Local Gifts’ service and, especially in the run up to Christmas, we’re hoping that as many individuals, businesses, schools and other employers as possible will get behind the scheme to help the less fortunate members of our community.
For more details about ‘Local Gifts’ contact Heart of Bucks on 01296 330134.