Christmas Appeal to help bring festive smile to care homes in North East Derbyshire

Communities in North East Derbyshire can help put a smile on the faces of hundreds of care home residents who face not seeing family and friends this Christmas because of Covid-19.

North East Derbyshire District Council, together with its housing partner Rykneld Homes, has launched its Care at Christmas Appeal to provide a surprise festive gift.

They are inviting communities to get behind the appeal by donating small gifts such as biscuits, chocolates, jigsaws, bubble bath and bed socks or you can donate online, with the money used to buy gifts for the residents.

Councillor Alan Powell, portfolio holder for Communities at North East Derbyshire District Council said, “There are many residents in care home who won’t be able to see their families on Christmas Day, and there also those without families or no outside support who often feel isolated”.

“With this appeal we want to spread a little Christmas cheer for them with a gift to open on Christmas Day.”

With advice from the homes themselves appropriate gifts include chocolate, sweets, biscuits, bubble bath and bed socks.

Collection points:

A central drop off point has been provided at the District Council offices on Mill Lane, Wingerworth. There will be a donation point in the main reception of the building which is open Monday to Friday, 9 am until 5 pm.

The closing date is 16 December and the presents will then be delivered to the homes in time for Christmas Day.

Throughout the district at parish council offices:

  • Wingerworth - Thursdays 10am-1pm
  • Sutton Cum Duckmanton (Arkwright Centre) 
  • North Wingfield – Wednesdays 9-3
  • Gosforth Lodge, which is located in Cliffe Park on Callywhite Lane in Dronfield on the following dates; Wednesday 9th December and Monday 14th December between 8am and 4pm.

So, can you provide a small gift or donation, knowing that it will bring a smile to the face of a care home resident?

If you prefer you can donate cash online by visiting www.easydonate.org/NOIT03.