Ableworld wraps up its Christmas shoebox operation

Shoeboxes on their way

Ableworld has successfully completed its annual Christmas shoebox campaign after delivering boxes filled with gifts to elderly people in Shrewsbury and Telford.

The dealer has thanked its staff and customers who made donations to its Elderly Shoebox Appeal which saw boxes of goodies dished out to theRoyal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford.

Ableworld stores and head office were used as drop-off points for many staff, customers and organisations who wanted to ensure their gifts reached the hospitals before Christmas. 

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Ableworld said all boxes were delivered to the hospitals in an operations that ran “very smoothly”.

Andrew James from the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, thanked the equipment retailer.

“We have started giving out their shoe box filled presents to patients around the hospital. For many of our patients the gifts inside the box will make a real difference to their Christmas, one lady immediately put the hat and scarf on, she had tears of emotion as she said thank you.

“Acts of such kindness as demonstrated by Ableworld is the essence of Christmas”

Ableworld aimed to gather over 100 boxes over the festive period to give to some of the 1,000 elderly people in local hospital beds at Christmas, many without close family members who are able to visit them.

Ableworld hopes a small present for patients to open will make a huge difference to their day.

Stores across the area took shoeboxes, including; Birkenhead, Burton, Chester, Congleton, Crewe, Hanley, Llandudno, Nantwich, Newport, Northwich, Oswestry, Reading, Rhyl, Shrewsbury, Stockport, Wrexham and the Ableworld head office in Nantwich before 17 December.

Ableworld has been involved in a similar initiative for the last two years and has collected well over 100 shoeboxes each time.

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