Bourne members of The Salvation Army launch festive appeal

At the launch of the Christmas appeal, were, from left, Major Heather Durrant, mayor of Bourne David Higgs and Beth Grief, manager of the Sally Annes shop
At the launch of the Christmas appeal, were, from left, Major Heather Durrant, mayor of Bourne David Higgs and Beth Grief, manager of the Sally Annes shop
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Members of The Salvation Army in Bourne are hoping to spread a bit of Christmas cheer with the launch of their festive appeal.

The annual appeal was launch at the Sally Annes shop in West Street, Bourne, on Monday.

The mayor of Bourne David Higgs joined Major Heather Durrant and shop manager Beth Grief to declare the appeal open.

The Salvation Army is appealing for gifts for local children and their families, who will have little or nothing under their tree when they wake up on Christmas morning.

The army welcomes gifts for people of all ages, which should be taken to the shop unwrapped so they can be distributed appropriately.

Secretary of the Bourne corps Charles Green said the gifts would be given out in the community in time for the big day.

The Salvation Army also held its annual Christmas fair and coffee morning on Saturday at its hall in Manning Road.

Santa Claus dropped in to open the fair and speak to youngsters, while there were also many stalls for visitors to enjoy, as well as tasty festive refreshments.

The fair raised nearly £450, which will be put towards the army’s work with social care and the homeless.