Community rallies around for Christmas campaign

PUBLISHED: 06:53 10 December 2017

Volunteers working at the Operation Christmas Child centre in St Ives. Picture: MARK BUNTING

Volunteers working at the Operation Christmas Child centre in St Ives. Picture: MARK BUNTING

Mark Bunting 2017

Volunteers in St Ives loaded more than 8,000 shoeboxes laden with Christmas gifts into lorries ready for export around the world.

A team of about 120 were hard at work at Burleigh Hill Farm sorting and loading thousands of shoeboxes donated from all over East Anglia, as part of the Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse Appeal.

The boxes will be shipped to developing countries, where they will be handed out to children who may not otherwise have a gift to open at Christmas.

Volunteer Sue Shorter, who has overseen the work in St Ives, said: “We have had support from 120 volunteers from around the area, including from the Bluntisham scouts, St Ives sea scouts, youth clubs, and students from Cambridge Regional College’s Huntingdon campus.”

Operation Christmas Child was launched in 1991. Boxes from St Ives has already been sent to Liberia, in Africa, and others will soon be heading out to northern Iraq.

More news stories


A key road through Godmanchester will be closed to through traffic tonight (Wednesday, January 17) while engineers from Anglian Water repair a damaged water main.


Cambridgeshire police are investigating an armed robbery that took place in Buckden yesterday (January 16).

Police have launched an investigation after discovering a cannabis factory in St Neots.


Highways England insists it has contingency plans for the delivery of the A14 after the collapse of building firm Carillion - one of the partners in the vital £1.5 billion project.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter