IN PICTURES: Wholesome acts of generosity carried out by Northamptonshire residents this Christmas

Residents and small business owners across the county have got into the festive spirit and pulled together to help others this Christmas

Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 2:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 2:56 pm
A number of residents across the county have pulled together this year to make the world a better place this Christmas.

We have been blown away by the acts of kindness, wholesomeness and generosity displayed by residents across the county to help others who would have otherwise found this Christmas to be particularly challenging.

Here, we take a look at just a handful of these selfless acts demonstrated by members of the public and local businesses.

Readers have helped Mother Christmas, Jeanette Walsh, raise much needed funds to continue her annual toy appeal. Switching to an online giving page, hosted by county-based The Faraway Children’s Charity, donations are set to smash the £15,000 mark.The funds have been spent on providing presents for more than 5,000 disadvantaged children and young people who would otherwise have no present to open on Christmas Day.

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Northampton pub landlady turned charity founder, Teresa McCarthy-Dixon, teamed up with The Community Courtyard, The Shamrock Club, The Umbrella Fair, Bite Street and Smoke Pit to deliver hot Christmas dinners and hampers to those in the community who need support. The 400 dinners were delivered on Decemnber 23 and 24. Over 200 Christmas hampers containing ingredients to cook festive meals was also delivered.
Northampton charity, The Lewis Foundation was only expecting to hand out 30 hampers to cancer patients and felt the effects of human kindness when donations and businesses helped to make up 88 more!
Last month, the boys and girls of West Haddon Endowed CE Primary School set out on an expedition to "walk" the 1,400 miles from their Daventry District school to Lapland in a mission to visit Santa. In just four weeks, the young adventurers smashed their target and clocked up over 4,000 miles between them.Because of them, hundreds of children and families, who had a difficult year, were able to enjoy a special Christmas.
The Lamplighter pub in Northampton opened up for the day to receive donations from members of the public to help local housing provider, Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH) to provide food hampers to struggling residents over the Christmas period. NPH picked up "five carloads" of donations from the pub, which helped them put together a total of 250 hampers!
The Trumpet in Wellingborough Road, Weston Favell collected more than 100 presents for children, courtesy of their generous customers. The Salvation Army delivered the gifts to families to ensure children had a present to wake up to on Christmas morning.
The Weston Favell shopping centre collected a number of gift donations for the charity, Home-Start Northampton, who support families under stress in their own homes. They received almost 100 presents to give to people using the Home-Start service, as of December 17.
Staff at The Riverside Hub in Northampton created a grotto complete with pretty lights and a throne for Santa to sit on.The grotto was made specifically for children who were patients at Northampton General Hospital during the festive period and could not visit Santa this year.
Santa Clause paid a visit to Whittlebury Park on Sunday December 20 for an event that raised over £700 for the Towcester Rotary Club. The money will help to support the Towcester Food Bank, Community Fridge, Men’s Minds Matter and St Lawrence Church Christmas food parcels.