North Mundham shoeboxes ready to reach children

C131488-3 Chi Shoebox  phot kate''Hayley Martin with her daughter Laura, 18, and some of the shoe boxes they have collected.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131488-3
C131488-3 Chi Shoebox phot kate''Hayley Martin with her daughter Laura, 18, and some of the shoe boxes they have collected.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131488-3

MORE than 200 children affected by poverty, disease or war around the world are set to receive a shoebox gift, thanks to a North Mundham appeal.

Hayley Martin has been running the operation Christmas Child Samaritans Purse appeal in the village for four years.

She held a coffee morning and raffle to raise money for the scheme and received more than 175 boxes.

“They have a hat, scarf, gloves, toothpaste, a hairbrush and a fluffy toy,” said Hayley.

“We had a really good time, about 50 residents turned out to support the appeal.

“My daughter Laura is a great help. We’ve been collecting the boxes from shoe shops and she’s been wrapping them all up.”

Hayley even collected raffle prizes throughout the year, and villagers baked cakes and helped with teas and coffees.

North Mundham Primary School and Kingsham Primary School in Chichester have also been involved in the scheme, with the children putting together their own boxes.

“There is something rewarding about giving to a child you will probably never meet in this world – especially when you know your simple act of kindness will be felt and appreciated in more ways than you can imagine,” said a spokesperson for the charity.

The shoe boxes will travel to countries in Africa and Europe.