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Donated hampers show 'true spirit of Christmas' say Wolverhampton refuge

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A kind-hearted mother-of-three has donated more than 100 hampers of festive treats to those in need across the Black Country.

Caroline Paszki, Tracey Hale and Shireen Godley, with just some of the many hampers that have been donated to The Haven in Wolverhampton

Caroline Paszki, from Wednesfield, began the appeal seven years ago after her daughter wanted to help others children and their families who were were struggling at Christmas.

This year Caroline has created 62 hampers for each of the women supported by The Haven's women and children's refuge in Wolverhampton.

She also has donated almost another 60 hampers to Jericho House, Mencap and to a number of struggling families in the area.

Each of the hampers contains 'little luxuries' such as chocolates, sweets, books, toys, biscuits and toiletries, which have all been donated by people supporting the appeal.

Even the boxes for the hampers have been donated by family owned manufacturing company, Thomas Dudley.

Caroline said: "It's a wonderful feeling to so many hampers, but I always get quite emotional before we give out the hampers because it always amazes me how many people need help at this time of year, but also how generous and kind people are.

"It's great to be able to spread some joy at Christmas and I think this is what the true spirit of Christmas is all about."

This year, Caroline has been juggling her hamper appeal with her full-time job as well as single-handedly looking after her children and volunteering at a soup kitchen.

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Her friends, Tracey Hale and Shireen Godly, have also been busy helping Caroline prepare the festive hampers since October.

The trio delivered the bundle to staff at The Haven on Tuesday.

Jade Secker, fundraising manager at The Haven, said: "We are so grateful for the ongoing support of Caroline and the rest of the group who have been kindly donating hampers for the past few years for the women and children in refuge over Christmas.

"We support 62 women and 102 children across our refuges at any one time. The hampers are always beautiful and overflowing with gifts and treats for Mum and for children; helping to make Christmas a little brighter for those who have been subjected to domestic abuse and homelessness."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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