A charity has praised a Horley mum for her campaign to distribute gifts elderly people in hospital or care homes this Christmas.
In just a matter of weeks Claire Osborne’s Give A Christmas Gift campaign has resulted in the public filling 500 gift bags with presents.
They will be delivered to people who might otherwise not receive a present over the festive season.
When Claire, of Queens Road, set up her Facebook page she was aiming to help elderly people in east Surrey Hospital.
Due to the response from businesses, community groups and individuals, residents in care homes including Wykeham House and Smallbrook in Horley will also benefit.
The appeal is supporting both East Surrey Hospital, Age Concern (Merstham, Redhill & Reigate) and the MHA Reigate & Redhill Live at Home scheme.
Jen Sanderson from Age Concern said: “This is an exciting community project and one which demonstrates both charity and community collaborating for the greater good of our older population in East Surrey and indeed Sussex too.”
The 5th Horley Brownies found out about the appeal and were only too happy to put together in excess of 20 gift bags which were presented to Claire.
Brownie leader Ruth said: “Being part of Brownies and Girlguiding gives us the opportunity to be part of something much bigger and looking after members of our local community is a key part of our promise.
“I had been looking for a way to reach out to local older members of our community and when Claire’s post filtered through our Facebook feed we knew our girls and their parents would rise to this challenge.
“We are pleased to help and support the Give a Christmas Gift project and hope that we can make someone smile on Christmas Day.”
Claire said she has also had lots of offers of help to help drop off the bags in the run up to Christmas.
On Thursday and Friday they will start delivering the bags to day centres and care homes and hope to have Santa join them for some of the visits.
On Christmas Eve they will visit the elderly patients at East Surrey Hospital.
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