WHILE most people will be tucking into turkey and mince pies on Christmas Day, Cleckheaton mum Sarah Clarke will be on a mercy mission to help the needy.
Sarah will be delivering toys, clothes and food to hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.
She came up with the idea earlier this week, and within 24 hours had gathered enough support from local folk to fill two carloads of goods.
She said the response had been overwhelming.
“My kids spend Christmas Day at their dad’s house, so instead of moping about the house all day, I thought I would try to make Christmas a bit better for people who are not as fortunate as me,” she said.
Sarah rang round friends, including staff at Moorlands Social Club in Moorend, where a friend of hers works, and it soon snowballed.
She also posted her idea on the Spenborough Guardian Facebook page, which generated offers of help from total strangers.
She said: “It has been an absolutely fantastic response. By midday on Wednesday, I had two carloads of food, clothes and toys. I was absolutely bowled over by how generous everybody has been. Quite a lot of my friends have been helping out, but I have also had a great response from strangers – it has given me such a good feeling.”
Jean Docherty, who works at the Moorlands club, said: “It’s fantastic that Sarah is doing something so nice, she is an inspiration, and our customers were only too happy to help out.”
Sarah will be visiting Martin House Children’s Hospice in Wetherby and St George’s Crypt homeless shelter in Leeds, and also plans to take toys to children in hospitals around West Yorkshire.
Anyone who wants to donate can leave items at the Moorlands in Bradford Road, Moorend, by Sunday evening, or email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations need not be new but should be in good condition.