A festive treat for Nottinghamshire families – how you can help

Continuing the partnership with Hope Nottingham

As the country enters a second lockdown, supporters have got in touch with the Trust to ask us to investigate ways we can continue the excellent partnership which saw us support food bank collections at the City Ground before several home games last season.

These hugely successful collections were run by a charity called HOPE Nottingham, with the support of the Trust and the club. We have contacted HOPE and the club to find out how supporters can help while social distancing and lockdown mean that the normal stadium collections cannot take place.

Thanks to the generosity of local people, HOPE already has plenty of food which it plans to distribute via hampers to needy families this festive season.

This new project is being launched by churches across Nottinghamshire and HOPE is asking for donations to create special Christmas Boxes full of treats for all the family. The deadline for donations is Friday, 27 November. The actual cardboard boxes are being sourced separately, but will need filling with treats listed below. Donations of individual items are welcome, or you can liaise with neighbours to collect a full box of items.

1-2 PERSON BOX:

  • Fairy lights with batteries
  • Pack of playing cards
  • Box or pouch of chocolates
  • Bag of cheese savouries
  • Box of biscuits
  • Bag of popcorn/crisps

(This should cost you around £12-£14)

FAMILY BOX:

  • Fairy lights with batteries
  • Small family game
  • Box or pouch of chocolates
  • Bag of cheese savouries
  • Box of biscuits
  • Bag of popcorn/crisps

(This should cost you around £14-£18)

Treats can be donated by visiting your local collection hub and families will begin to receive their Christmas Boxes in December. As always, we have asked the club to continue its support and the offer has been made that members of the playing squad will help to deliver the boxes – providing a special surprise for some of the recipients.

Thanks to the dedication of HOPE, we think this sounds a great initiative and much welcome at these difficult times. We are acutely aware that this is a tough time for many supporters, but if you can help, this is a fantastic cause and we’d really appreciate your help and generosity.

Click here to find your nearest collection hub