Festive hampers for 600 needy families

This Is Lancashire: From left, the Mayoress, Mrs Dee Shaw, the Mayor, Cllr Colin Shaw, Graham Smith, of St Elizabeth’s Church in Horwich, and Dave Bagley, of Urban Outreach From left, the Mayoress, Mrs Dee Shaw, the Mayor, Cllr Colin Shaw, Graham Smith, of St Elizabeth’s Church in Horwich, and Dave Bagley, of Urban Outreach

CHRISTMAS for hundreds of the town’s most needy people has been made a lot brighter by the efforts of a Bolton charity.

Urban Outreach’s Christmas Dinner on Jesus project has been so enthusiastically received that they handed out 600 family hampers of goodies to churches and instiutions at Tonge Bridge Industrial Park yesterday.

Bolton at Home, Greater Manchester Police, Bolton Wanderers and Bolton School were among the organisations to support the project, which will reach 768 children and 860 adults in Bolton.

The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, and his wife Dee attended the event, which saw hundreds of packages distributed between 2pm and 6pm yesterday.

Dave Bagley, Urban Outreach’s chief executive, said: “This is restoring something of the hope of Christmas to people.

“I can think of nothing I would rather be doing or anywhere I would rather be.

“This is just fantastic, to see the buzz and enjoyment all the volunteers are getting from making a difference this Christmas.”Chief Insp Carol Martin, who helped with the packing and distribution of the hampers, said: “We do quite a lot of work with Urban Outreach and each division collects a number of Christmas hampers.

“We thought that, rather than run something against this project, why not combine our efforts?

“As well as helping operationally today, we have also nominated some worthy recipients.”

Each interested organ-isation applied for the hampers by selecting worthy people they knew would substantially benefit from the help.

The hampers consisted of a goodies bag, with chocolates, biscuits, crackers and selection boxes, plus a bag of fresh fruit and vegetables, and chicken, sausages and cheese. Bolton Wanderers named Urban Outreach as their charity for 2013, and donated the collection from their recent Christmas carol service, raising more than £1,000 in total.

Chaplain Phil Mason said: “Urban Outreach is our nominated charity for this year and we were delighted to help them with this.

Jon Lord, chief executive of Bolton at Home, said: “We work with Urban Outreach all year, but a lot of our staff volunteer to do even more at Christmas. We are also delivering about 40 hampers to people we know on our estates.”

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8:36am Tue 24 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

Yet we give Billions to tin pot Countrys to keep them onside and wealthy Countrys who dont even need it. We are also borrowing the money to do all this. Last thirty years our leaders should hang their heads in shame. Come on UKIP!
Yet we give Billions to tin pot Countrys to keep them onside and wealthy Countrys who dont even need it. We are also borrowing the money to do all this. Last thirty years our leaders should hang their heads in shame. Come on UKIP! thomas222

9:18am Tue 24 Dec 13

bwfc58 says...

What about the public like myself i always put some tins of food in the trolly in asda every time i go shopping the British public hardly get a mention and yes I agree with you thomas about all the billions of pounds this country gives out every single year yet our poor struggle to heat there homes and eat nice food we are a very rich country FACT just look at all the taxes we all pay yet this government and every governments in the past and yes in the future will keep giving to much money to help other countries and look at this this government as pledged £500.0000000 to Syria yes that is right £500.0000000 and the Brithish public as Rise'd upto now £51 0000000 for Syria and yet on the news yesterday some silly person was saying they wanted the British public to please give more well what i would like to say on here i can not other wise I would be lucked up so yes thomas UKIP for me and I know all my friends and family will be voting for UKIP if they stand in my ward and there wards and I do know one person that will not agree with us both lets wait for his comment
What about the public like myself i always put some tins of food in the trolly in asda every time i go shopping the British public hardly get a mention and yes I agree with you thomas about all the billions of pounds this country gives out every single year yet our poor struggle to heat there homes and eat nice food we are a very rich country FACT just look at all the taxes we all pay yet this government and every governments in the past and yes in the future will keep giving to much money to help other countries and look at this this government as pledged £500.0000000 to Syria yes that is right £500.0000000 and the Brithish public as Rise'd upto now £51 0000000 for Syria and yet on the news yesterday some silly person was saying they wanted the British public to please give more well what i would like to say on here i can not other wise I would be lucked up so yes thomas UKIP for me and I know all my friends and family will be voting for UKIP if they stand in my ward and there wards and I do know one person that will not agree with us both lets wait for his comment bwfc58

9:33am Tue 24 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

bwfc58 wrote:
What about the public like myself i always put some tins of food in the trolly in asda every time i go shopping the British public hardly get a mention and yes I agree with you thomas about all the billions of pounds this country gives out every single year yet our poor struggle to heat there homes and eat nice food we are a very rich country FACT just look at all the taxes we all pay yet this government and every governments in the past and yes in the future will keep giving to much money to help other countries and look at this this government as pledged £500.0000000 to Syria yes that is right £500.0000000 and the Brithish public as Rise'd upto now £51 0000000 for Syria and yet on the news yesterday some silly person was saying they wanted the British public to please give more well what i would like to say on here i can not other wise I would be lucked up so yes thomas UKIP for me and I know all my friends and family will be voting for UKIP if they stand in my ward and there wards and I do know one person that will not agree with us both lets wait for his comment
Finding someone who isnt voting for UKIP is very difficult.
[quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: What about the public like myself i always put some tins of food in the trolly in asda every time i go shopping the British public hardly get a mention and yes I agree with you thomas about all the billions of pounds this country gives out every single year yet our poor struggle to heat there homes and eat nice food we are a very rich country FACT just look at all the taxes we all pay yet this government and every governments in the past and yes in the future will keep giving to much money to help other countries and look at this this government as pledged £500.0000000 to Syria yes that is right £500.0000000 and the Brithish public as Rise'd upto now £51 0000000 for Syria and yet on the news yesterday some silly person was saying they wanted the British public to please give more well what i would like to say on here i can not other wise I would be lucked up so yes thomas UKIP for me and I know all my friends and family will be voting for UKIP if they stand in my ward and there wards and I do know one person that will not agree with us both lets wait for his comment[/p][/quote]Finding someone who isnt voting for UKIP is very difficult. thomas222

9:33am Tue 24 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

bwfc58 wrote:
What about the public like myself i always put some tins of food in the trolly in asda every time i go shopping the British public hardly get a mention and yes I agree with you thomas about all the billions of pounds this country gives out every single year yet our poor struggle to heat there homes and eat nice food we are a very rich country FACT just look at all the taxes we all pay yet this government and every governments in the past and yes in the future will keep giving to much money to help other countries and look at this this government as pledged £500.0000000 to Syria yes that is right £500.0000000 and the Brithish public as Rise'd upto now £51 0000000 for Syria and yet on the news yesterday some silly person was saying they wanted the British public to please give more well what i would like to say on here i can not other wise I would be lucked up so yes thomas UKIP for me and I know all my friends and family will be voting for UKIP if they stand in my ward and there wards and I do know one person that will not agree with us both lets wait for his comment
Finding someone who isnt voting for UKIP is very difficult.
[quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: What about the public like myself i always put some tins of food in the trolly in asda every time i go shopping the British public hardly get a mention and yes I agree with you thomas about all the billions of pounds this country gives out every single year yet our poor struggle to heat there homes and eat nice food we are a very rich country FACT just look at all the taxes we all pay yet this government and every governments in the past and yes in the future will keep giving to much money to help other countries and look at this this government as pledged £500.0000000 to Syria yes that is right £500.0000000 and the Brithish public as Rise'd upto now £51 0000000 for Syria and yet on the news yesterday some silly person was saying they wanted the British public to please give more well what i would like to say on here i can not other wise I would be lucked up so yes thomas UKIP for me and I know all my friends and family will be voting for UKIP if they stand in my ward and there wards and I do know one person that will not agree with us both lets wait for his comment[/p][/quote]Finding someone who isnt voting for UKIP is very difficult. thomas222

1:16pm Tue 24 Dec 13

bwfc58 says...

I know of one person and you do to BWFC71 ha ha ha or is it ho ho ho lets wait for him comment because the 3 main parties should be finished by now no one likes them anymore and about time to
I know of one person and you do to BWFC71 ha ha ha or is it ho ho ho lets wait for him comment because the 3 main parties should be finished by now no one likes them anymore and about time to bwfc58

2:44pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Brian the Lion says...

Reading the miserly, unchristian comments that have been posted here so far, I must assume that Ebenezer Scrooge will be one of the UKIP candidates.

And, while I'm here, what's UKIP 's policy on correct spelling and grammar?
Reading the miserly, unchristian comments that have been posted here so far, I must assume that Ebenezer Scrooge will be one of the UKIP candidates. And, while I'm here, what's UKIP 's policy on correct spelling and grammar? Brian the Lion

3:31pm Tue 24 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

Brian the Lion wrote:
Reading the miserly, unchristian comments that have been posted here so far, I must assume that Ebenezer Scrooge will be one of the UKIP candidates. And, while I'm here, what's UKIP 's policy on correct spelling and grammar?
Brian being charitable and taking the **** are two different things. Spelling?.. Thats how petty you and your comments are. Grown up.
[quote][p][bold]Brian the Lion[/bold] wrote: Reading the miserly, unchristian comments that have been posted here so far, I must assume that Ebenezer Scrooge will be one of the UKIP candidates. And, while I'm here, what's UKIP 's policy on correct spelling and grammar?[/p][/quote]Brian being charitable and taking the **** are two different things. Spelling?.. Thats how petty you and your comments are. Grown up. thomas222

6:31pm Tue 24 Dec 13

boltonchap says...

Amazing no response from BWFC71. He will of course have jetted off to the Bahamas in his private jet to enjoy his Christmas break from his top flight legal work. He must have an internet connection on it so he can post on here using his dual screen computer running two operating systems concurrently.
More likely he's train spotting at trinity street.
Anyhow Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.
Amazing no response from BWFC71. He will of course have jetted off to the Bahamas in his private jet to enjoy his Christmas break from his top flight legal work. He must have an internet connection on it so he can post on here using his dual screen computer running two operating systems concurrently. More likely he's train spotting at trinity street. Anyhow Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours. boltonchap

11:11pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Citizen Cane says...

Why doesn't the BN spell out the generous level of benefits that are provided to families or at least, those with children - payments are higher to broken home families? The real poor however are the childless benefit recipients without access to disabled payments.
Why doesn't the BN spell out the generous level of benefits that are provided to families or at least, those with children - payments are higher to broken home families? The real poor however are the childless benefit recipients without access to disabled payments. Citizen Cane

11:40pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
Why doesn't the BN spell out the generous level of benefits that are provided to families or at least, those with children - payments are higher to broken home families? The real poor however are the childless benefit recipients without access to disabled payments.
You do know that a single mum with one child gets more than a married couple that are looking for work, she sits on her arse giving a kid tiny amounts of food while the couple are out looking for work and at a guess get about £100 a week less.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: Why doesn't the BN spell out the generous level of benefits that are provided to families or at least, those with children - payments are higher to broken home families? The real poor however are the childless benefit recipients without access to disabled payments.[/p][/quote]You do know that a single mum with one child gets more than a married couple that are looking for work, she sits on her arse giving a kid tiny amounts of food while the couple are out looking for work and at a guess get about £100 a week less. mr.mark.c

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