8th Dec, 2016

Disadvantaged children from across globe benefit from Solihull

Solihull Editorial 29th Dec, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

MORE THAN 15,000 present-filled shoeboxers were sent to disadvantaged children across the world thanks to the help of Solihull residents.

Individuals and groups in the area donated more than 150 shoeboxes towards the overall figure as part of a scheme being supported by the area’s Regus centre at Blythe Valley Business Park.

The company which is part of a network of more than 300 UK centres has been supporting the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ appeal for the third year running.

The scheme is run in conjunction with international relief charity Samaritan’s Purse.

Residents were asked to fill shoeboxes with small toys, sweets and other gifts to send to children overseas living in refugee camps, orphanages, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods.

Since the appeal was launched 22 years ago more than 124million children in 150 countries around the world have received a Christmas shoebox.

Richard Morris, CEO of Regus in the UK, said Operation Christmas Child was a very worthwhile cause and they were delighted their local Regus centres could help by acting as drop off points again this year.

He added: “We’d like to extend our thanks to all the local businesses, schools, groups and individuals who got involved in the appeal and brought in their shoeboxes to our centres.”