As in previous years, Trowbridge Town Council is pleased to be able to support the annual HVDV Christmas Appeal. The Information Centre will be acting as a drop-off point for donations: our current opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8am-1230pm and 1pm-4pm.

HVDV is an organisation based in Wiltshire providing practical support to families, individuals (male and female), young people and children who have experienced  domestic violence and its associated issues. The organisation aims to reduce their suffering and promote their health and wellbeing by helping them sustain independence and take back control of their lives. Learn more about their work here.

Elizabeth, of HVDV, says “Thank you all in advance for your kind support this coming Christmas by donating to the HVDV Christmas Appeal 2020. Donating a shoe box or gift bag this Christmas is a wonderful gift to give and bring smiles back to the faces of these families.”

Shoe boxes and gift bags are needed for the following age groups

Pre-school/Primary 2-5 years (Boy/Girl)

Primary Ks1 6-8 years (Boy/ Girl)

Primary Ks2 9-11 years (Boy/Girl)

Secondary 12-16 years (Male/Female)

Women’s (Mums)

Men’s (Dads)

When putting together shoe boxes and gift bags, please make sure the items are both age- and stage-appropriate for the child you are wishing to receive your shoe box or gift bag.

This Christmas will be like no other before, due to the coronavirus pandemic. We ask all members of the public wishing to donate that if you have had any of the signs or symptoms listed below in the last 14 days, then please be mindful and protect your local community by not donating at any of our drop-off points.

  • Have you or anyone in your household had a temperature in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your household had a continuous cough in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your household experienced any loss or change in their sense of smell or taste in the last 14 days?
  • If you or any of your family members have had contact with anyone with the above signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

Here are some ideas of what might be suitable to donate in shoe boxes or gift bags . . .

Dolls, teddies, toy trucks and cars, skipping ropes, small puzzles and games, dressing up or role play items.

Art and craft sets, painting sets, pens, pencils, coloured pencils, felt pens or crayons, stamping set with ink pads, notebooks & paper, calculators, colouring & picture books.

Hygiene items are also welcome . . .

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, bubble bath, shower gels, shampoo and conditioner, bath fizzer, flannels, brushes, combs and hair accessories.

Other gift items that would be welcome include . . .

Hats, gloves, scarves, socks, jewellery, nail polishes, cosmetics, cups, books, candles, wrapped sweets and chocolate, manicure sets etc.

There may be other items which you might think of that we have not listed – if so, and you’re unsure, please email admin@hvdv.org.uk.

Please note that items we are unable to take due to allergies are sweets or confectionery items that contain nuts, balloons and loom bands. Please also make sure all toys are age-appropriate for the child you are gifting and that toys and games are with CE label.

Elizabeth adds “Thank you for all for your kind support and thought that goes into making your gift bags which will restore their faith in mankind and make them feel they are not alone this Christmas, and that people do care. You bring a smile to families who have fled domestic abuse.

The closing date for drop-off points this year is Friday 27th November at 4pm. For schools, the date will be Tuesday November 24th 2020 in the morning.