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Visitors encouraged to ‘enjoy gift of giving’ at Erddig’s reverse grotto in aid of local foodbank

Visitors to Erddig are being encouraged to ‘enjoy the gift of giving’ this Christmas and leave a donation for the local foodbank at a ‘reverse grotto’.

Erddig has teamed up with the Trussell Trust and Wrexham Foodbank for the fourth time again this year to collect food supplies for those in need across the area this Christmas.

Earlier this year Wrexham.com reported that 4,180 people across the county borough required emergency food supplies between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018.

This breaks down to 2,909 emergency food supplies being issued to adults and 1,271 to children.

The figures makes Wrexham’s foodbank usage the second highest in north Wales, with neighbouring county Flintshire issuing emergency food supplies to 6,268 people in the same period.

The Trussell Trust has a network of 37 foodbanks in Wales and supplies food parcels to those in need referred to them through local agencies.

Visitors to Erddig between now and December 23rd are being invited to bring donation for the foodbank with them and drop it off at the reverse grotto.

They can pop in at any time during Erddig’s normal opening hours to drop off their donations to the visitor welcome team, even if they haven’t the time for a full visit and are just passing, they can drop in and say hello to Father Christmas and add to the collection of gifts.

The team will have special Christmas hampers ready for donations. In particular, the Foodbank team is looking for donations of:

– UHT Milk/Fruit Juice
– Tinned fruit, meat and veg
– Biscuit/chocolate selection boxes
– Christmas cake/pudding and mince pies
– Savoury snacks
– Jam and condiments
– Rice Pudding
– Toiletries

Picture credit: National Trust

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