The Theydon Oak in Epping donated 60 gifts to Safer Places

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Left to right, Kevin Simpson, Mary Sartin, Anita North and Iain Moran. Left to right, Kevin Simpson, Mary Sartin, Anita North and Iain Moran.

Families affected by domestic abuse received bags filled with gifts to make their Christmas Day a little easier this year.

The Theydon Oak pub in Epping donated 60 gifts to charity Safer Places, which helps men, women and children who have been physically and mentally abused in Essex.

Landlord Kevin Simpson said: “We wanted to reach out to a local charity and knew with the support of our staff and regulars we could do something very special. 

“We decided to do a gift appeal. Sadly many people will be in shelters over the festive period and while they may be clothed, fed and have somewhere to sleep, they will certainly not have the luxury of receiving a gift. 

“We hope our efforts will make someone smile and make them realise we are community and that we are there for them in their time of need.”

Presents included toys, cosmetics and even clothes and a baby walker.
 

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