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Charity bridges the gap for veterans this festive season

todayNovember 28, 2020 6

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Community donations have helped a Lynn charity provide over 200 veterans and their families with Christmas parcels full of goodies.

The Bridge for Heroes wanted to share a little extra Christmas cheer with their beneficiaries and their families, so they creates Christmas Project Jigsaw.

Volunteer support Gary Walker said: “With the total number of beneficiary parcels, including children, totalling over 200.

Pictured from L-R: CEO Mike Taylor with Karl Perryman and Jen Surguy packing parcels
Pictured from L-R: CEO Mike Taylor with Karl Perryman and Jen Surguy packing parcels

“The challenge was always going to be obtaining enough items to make the effort worthwhile. “

He added: “Fortunately, our local business community rose to the challenge, donating enough to fill all the bags, their generosity being outstanding at a time when we are surrounded by so much doom and gloom.”

The charity, which has been prepared throughout the pandemic to continue supporting West Norfolk’s veterans, was already well-equipped with PPE.

Their volunteers were trained in infection prevention and control, with their safety, and that of the charity’s beneficiaries remaining paramount.

Gary said: “The volunteers have all stepped up to the mark in helping to collect the goods, pack and wrap the parcels and ready to assist in the delivery.

“We’ve even had a set of Santa outfits having been donated for the purpose.”

He added: “The team effort involved in obtaining the gifts, packing, wrapping and delivery at this festive time of year has proved to be a real morale boost to all taking part.

“The benefit to individual well-being of those involved being self-evident.”

The Bridge for Heroes continues to support the Armed Forces community, and any veteran who would like to be included in the parcel drop should contact them on

Anyone wishing to donate to the charity can do so at:

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