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VIDEO: Spreading festive joy for Boston’s flood-hit families

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Struggling families hit by the flood have been given a festive boost this week after receiving gifts donated by concerned Bostonians.

More than 100 toys and other presents have been donated to Thomas Campbell Estate Agents in Boston as part of the Give a Gift Appeal run with The Standard.

Thomas Campbell director Harry Drury said: “Since the start of the appeal we have received an overwhelming amount of generosity and gifts from members of the public.

“I just want to say thank you to anyone who has donated gifts to children who need them at such an important time of the year and makig their Christmases happy.”

The first to receive some of the gifts was Joshua Hallam.

He, mum Emma and dad Martin, had to leave their South Terrace home following the floods and are currently staying with Emma’s mother at Parthian Avenue, Wyberton.

The six-year-old received his gifts at the Fish Hill estate agenton Friday, they included building bricks, a radio controlled car, chocolate and a cuddly snowman.

Dad Martin thanked people who had donated to the appeal and said the family had benefitted from a lot of help since the flood. He said: “It’s overwhelming as has all the support over the past two weeks.”

The Get Boston Back On Its Feet group has also had more than 600 items donated to it from residents, including new gifts such as a PlayStation, and story books for children who don’t speak English as a second language.

Sarah Whelan, one of the organisers, said: “We’d just like to give a really big heartfelt thank you to everyone that has given. When money is short people have dug deep and given even new presents to children who have been affected by the floods.”

The presents were distributed at a party for flood affected children on Sunday.

 

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