'Hucknall we need you!': Firefighters plea for support ahead of big 12 days of Christmas campaign to help food bank

Hucknall Fire Station’s '12 days of Christmas' campaign is returning after a successful year last year.

Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, 11:00 am

The Christmas initiative saw Hucknall firefighters ask their local community to create food parcels to support the local food bank.

The uptake and response was amazing, and firefighters were able to provide 350 bags worth of food.

Throughout the year they have continued to help the food bank with regular weekly donations.

Hucknall Fire Station is again calling on people to support its 12 Days of Christmas appeal to support the town's food bank

However to help them build their stock and get enough food for individuals over Christmas, firefighters have devised another 12 days of Christmas 'plan' for people to follow.

Starting with day one being a bag for life, firefighters encouraged the community to donate one new item a day to go in their bag.

After the 12 days are complete, crews will set off to collect donations from various locations within Hucknall.

Nick Pratt, on-call firefighter and donation organiser, said: "Last year so many families and individuals who were struggling received hampers and donations from our local community and these made an enormous difference to them, especially at Christmas.

"We understand that things may still be pretty tough for people, so in addition to the 12 days of Christmas, we are asking for people to donate selection boxes.

"A single £1 selection box will put a massive smile on a child's face.

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"We will be visiting schools who have agreed to take part on Friday, December 10 and we aim to collect all donations on Saturday, December 11 this year."

Marcus Pratt, who is also organising this initiative, added: "The generosity of our local community and the uptake this year has been amazing so far, so thank you to everyone who is already taking part and for the constant support for campaigns like this one.

"We understand not everyone can take part, so all we ask is for people to spread the word so we can make a difference to those in need."

For more information on Hucknall's 12 days of Christmas, please visit their Facebook page here.

If you would like to get involved, please direct message the station or ring 07967 690717 (if there is no answer please leave a message and they will get back to you).

On the Facebook page, you can also find the firefighters’ suggestion list for items to put in your donation for each of the 12 days.