Could you help spread some comfort and joy this Christmas?

Can you offer some cheer to people in need this Christmas by donating items to a festive parcel scheme.

Published: Monday, 19th November 2018

The annual Comfort and Joy campaign helps those who are staying in refuges as a result of experiencing domestic abuse.

Jointly organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership and the Daventry District Forum, its aim is to provide them with a few gifts and treats, as well as food, toiletries and other essential items.

The project also raises awareness of domestic abuse, incidents of which tend to increase over the Christmas period.

Parcels for men, women and children as well as Christmas food parcels are being put together.

Donations can be made at the South Northamptonshire Council offices at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, up to and including Tuesday, 18 December.

All of the items donated will go directly to local people living in refuges in South Northamptonshire, Daventry District and the wider county area this Christmas, as well as to families recently rehomed as a result of domestic abuse.

The Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, which runs a number of refuges across Northamptonshire, will once again be helping to distribute the parcels.

Ann Bodsworth, Joint CEO of Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, said: “The aim of the Comfort and Joy campaign is to help those who need it most. Hundreds of parcels and Christmas gifts have been sent to men, women and children in refuges since the scheme began in 2015, and knowing the generous spirit of people in Northamptonshire I’m sure they will do all they can to help us again.

“To anyone who does feel able to support the campaign I would like to say thank you – just one item can make a big difference to the recipient.”

Those who are experiencing domestic violence are urged to call the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service 24-hour helpline on 0300 0120154.

Suggested donations

Comfort donations

  • Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Sanitary products
  • Nappies and wipes
  • Toothbrush/paste for adults and children

Joy donations

  • Perfume/aftershave
  • Hats and scarves
  • Make-up
  • Toys
  • Books

Food donations

  • Mince pies
  • Tea and coffee
  • Chocolates
  • Cereal
  • Dry pasta