We’re backing Christmas Box appeal supporting thousands of families across Cornwall

Wildanet is proud to once again be throwing its support behind the fantastic Cornwall Christmas Box appeal, which each year helps thousands of families in need of help and some extra cheer over the festive period.

The appeal has been organised by the 3 Rivers Vineyard Church in Truro since 2002, collecting Christmas dinner in a box for distribution via Cornwall Council’s social services, local foodbanks and other local charities to families who would not otherwise have a Christmas meal.

From its beginnings collecting about 100 boxes, it has grown to more than 3,500 boxes last year, each collected via 40-plus drop-off points, ranging from churches and primary schools to local businesses, where people can donate their Christmas boxes.

Last year, Wildanet’s staff joined the small army of volunteer drivers responsible for picking up the boxes for onward distribution – and our team will be taking to the roads again this year in Wildanet’s fleet of vans to play our role in helping deliver Christmas.

Helen Wylde, Wildanet Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted to be able to support this hugely important appeal last year and to be doing so again in 2022. There are significant disparities in wealth and opportunity in Cornwall, much of which goes unseen. For us as a Cornish company, and for all our staff, we felt it was really important to throw our enthusiasm and resources behind this amazing effort to bring Christmas to families that might otherwise go without.”

Each box contains enough food for Christmas dinner with all the extra little goodies, treats like mince pies and biscuits, and of course Christmas pudding – which all go to make up a feast for a family in need.

A typical box costs around £30-£40 but those willing to donate can share the cost by getting together with friends, neighbours and colleagues to fill a box together.

Boxes will need to be dropped off at one of the collection points by December 9th, so there’s plenty of time to get them to the people that need them before Christmas,

More detail on the appeal, how to prepare and donate a box, and a full list of the drop-off points are available at: https://cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk/

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