Rotary Club teams up with national charity to provide Christmas presents for children in domestic abuse surroundings

The Bury Abbey Rotary Club has teamed up with national children’s charity KidsOut and other Rotary Clubs from the East Anglian region to provide Christmas presents to survivors of domestic abuse.

Children who are living in refuges across East Anglia will receive a box of brand new toys and games to enjoy over the upcoming festive period.

Christmas is always tough for families in a refuge, with this year set to be harder than usual because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each toy box will contain £80 of gender/age appropriate toys designed to promote social and educational development and family bonding. The boxes will be packed by KidsOut and distributed straight to refuge for mothers to give to their children in time for Christmas.

Stuart Hughes, President of Bury Abbey Rotary Club, said: “We are delighted to be able to support children in our community by working together with other Rotary Clubs and KidsOut. We hope that each toy box brings happiness and joy to each child receiving one this Christmas. Through fundraising efforts Rotary clubs in the East Anglia District have collectively raised funds for 550 boxes and our thanks go to all those involved with the fundraising effort.”

The Rotary Christmas Toy Box Project is taking place with local groups all over the UK.

KidsOut aims to ensure that every child in refuge receives a box of brand-new toys this festive season.

Members of the public are invited to help with this and take part in KidsOut’s Giving Tree, the charity’s annual Christmas toy appeal.

For more information, please visit www.kidsout.org.uk

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