Spalding digs deep to make Christmas special for homeless young mums and babies
Customers of Lincolnshire C-op Travel in Spalding are making Christmas dreams come true for homeless young mums and babies.
A mini-mountain of donated baby clothes, toys, cosmetics and toiletries will make Christmas Day very special at Lime House, part of the Spalding-based charity The Lighthouse Project.
Lime House provides support for young mums with babies or mums-to-be with bumps until they are able to find a home of their own.
Co-op Travel, in Hall Place, Spalding, has been receiving donations from its generous customers, including a grandma who brought in several bags filled with beautiful baby clothes.
Co-op Travel manager Kate Foreman said the firm had been collecting for good causes over the last 15 years.
She said: "Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers."
Charity fundraiser Mandy Baxter, a member of the Spalding Ball Committee, suggested the Lighthouse Project as being a deserving cause for Co-op Travel's Christmas collection.
But no one imagined quite how many donations would be made and the items filled a couple of cars as they travelled across town.
Lime House manager Jane Dhanji said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed - it's amazing, isn't it."
And support worker Louise Sandhu said: "People have just gone completely out of their way to donate these wonderful gifts for people in need. I just think it's completely amazing."
Lime House opened 12 years ago and caters for six young women at a time. All of the funding to keep it going is raised by the Lighthouse charity.
Jane said the home has helped hundreds over the years.
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