A big thank you for this year’s donations (2020)

Christmas is usually a popular time for us when it comes to receiving donations, but 2020 has been like no other! After a strange year and a very tough one for so many, we have been inundated with kind offers of donations.

We want to give a mention and say a special thank you to as many people as we can, who have made a donation to us this Christmas.

The Nottinghamshire Freemasons donated £800 to be used for women when they go into emergency accommodation or a new house. This will help them to buy small but essential items like towels and kettles.

They’ve also given us some teddy bears to be donated to the children we work with and what’s more amazing is that they are a lifetime supply! So every year we’ll always have teddy bears to gift to children, who we know will love to receive them.

The Hive WI in Beeston put together some lovely gifts in mugs which they have donated alongside toiletries. They also gave us some wrapping paper and cellotape as well as magazines for our service users.

Magazines, wrapping paper and gift packs from the Hive WI in Beeston

Members of the BWP wellbeing group have also given their time to put gift bags together to donate to all of the women we work with.

Gift bags made up by BWP wellbeing group

One of the women from the Wellbeing Group who put these packs together wants to tell you why BWP has been so important for her and why it feels good for her to be giving back to the community: “Christmas time this year for my family will be very different, as all of ours will be.

This year I’ve been able to get my children involved in giving back to our local community, without being questioned or mocked. It means that we can spend evenings watching Christmas movies together as much as we want, because no-body is there to spoil it for us. It means lots of baking, laughing and being silly together.

Personally for me this is the first Christmas in a long time that I’m excited for. After the year we have personally had and the year that everyone has struggled in general the most IMPORTANT part of Christmas is being together, enjoying each other’s company and never taking that for granted.

Let’s face it – this year has taught us a lot. I’ve spent so many Christmases being down, depressed, unhappy and unappreciated. Feeling isolated. This year that changes, I couldn’t have done it without the incredible support I’ve received.”

Other donations include those from Richard Macrae at Stapleford Community Group. They have donated some toys to us and our local Morrisons store donated a number of selection boxes, children’s knitted hats and teddies.

Sewa Day is a non profit and volunteer run organisation and has they kindly donated 55 gift wrapped boxes containing lovely gifts for the women service users.

Colleagues at Broxtowe Borough Council got together and donated £10 and £15 high street gift vouchers and Beeston Methodist church donated toiletries, wash bags and women’s tights.

The new Horizon Christian Centre donated over 200 wrapped gifts and we’ve received donations from The Parish Church of St Mary in Eastwood too.

We collected a car full of wonderful donations from Nicky Brindley MBE at the amazing charity, Tara’s Angels, and instead of doing Secret Santa this year the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency collected money, making us £763.25.

shoeboxes donated by taras angels

Our children and young people team has also been busy making up some Christmas craft activity packs for the children we are working with. They’ve provided lots of goodies to keep them busy over the festive period!

Our amazing volunteers

Putting a lot of these donations together into lovely gifts wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing and supportive volunteers.

They have worked so hard over the last few weeks, alongside our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Shirley, and we need to say a big thank you to them too.

Shirley said: “What a magnificent amount of donations, people have been so generous, so much so we have enough things left over to give more presents out during half term and Easter next year.

“A lot of thought has gone into the presents and I cannot wait to begin giving them to our lovely women.”

To all of the above and everyone else who has made a donation to BWP this year, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.