Bury St Edmunds charity appeals for food items and presents for Christmas initiatives

Crack on is appealing for items for its Chrostmas hampers. Pictured: Wendy Brackenbury, Ray Stevenson, Mark Byford, Jodie Bull and eight-month-old Kenzi ANL-151021-161120001
Crack on is appealing for items for its Chrostmas hampers. Pictured: Wendy Brackenbury, Ray Stevenson, Mark Byford, Jodie Bull and eight-month-old Kenzi ANL-151021-161120001
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A Bury St Edmunds charity which supports the disadvantaged is appealing for donations of food and children’s presents for their Christmas initiatives.

The Crack On Foundation has handed out about 10,000 Christmas hampers to those in need in the last five years and is looking for tinned and packed food to continue the festive drive.

Mr Byford knows all too well the difference such donations can make to people’s lives after he received a hamper from his friend Gary Spencer one Christmas Eve several years ago when he was living on his own with his two children and struggling financially.

It was this kind gesture which led the pair to form Crack On to help those in tough times get on in life by providing work-based opportunities at the charity’s shops, warehouse and farm.

Mr Byford said the food hampers make a big impact on people. “It boosts their confidence. From being a single parent sat there thinking I’ve got no food for Christmas Day to someone delivering this big food hamper, it was like someone cared enough to worry about me and that emotion it brings the family is phenomenal.”

Crack On is also for the first time organising a Christmas dinner at the United Reformed Church, in Whiting Street, for five families chosen by social services.

They are appealing for wrapped presents for the children covering a variety of age ranges.

Mr Byford said: “We want to make their Christmas absolutely special. We’re going to need enough presents for about 15 kids.”

Presents and items for the food parcels can be dropped into Crack On’s shop, in Brentgovel Street. Bury.

Each present should include a label with the age of the child it is intended for. To register for a hamper visit

http://www.crackon.org/