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Your unwanted Christmas gifts can help church appeal

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Looking for a home for that bright red jumper that you will never wear, given by that favourite auntie? Or do you need to offload that second box set of ‘Sherlock’ you bought first time round?

All Saints Preservation Trust is once again appealing for duplicated or unwanted Christmas presents to sell on its popular stall at the May Day Fayre to raise money for the ongoing repair programme at Leighton’s 800-year old church.

“This is re-cycling at its most basic,” said Terry Warburton, pictured, the Trust’s appeal director.

“Each year we are given hundreds of new and unopened items by members of the public who cannot use them, and we are able to sell them on to people who would like them, and generate money for the repair work on the way.

“In 2013 more than £1,000 was raised which is a valuable contribution towards the total cost”.

Items can be handed in to Dillamore Furnishers in the High Street and must be unused and preferably still in the originally manufacturer’s packaging.

Mr Warburton added: “In the past we have been given a surprising range of gifts; cosmetics and soaps of course, but also games, jigsaws, books, DVDs, clocks, pottery, electronic items, cameras, notepaper, pens... the list is extensive – and this is why each May Day hundreds of people make a beeline for our stall outside the church gate, seeking a bargain!”

Repair work on the north nave of the church is progressing well, and is expected to finish in the early summer, then attention will turn to the medieval chapel, which is the last of the seven phases in a programme of work which commenced in 2000.

 

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