Shoebox Appeal tops 116,000

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Blythswood Care’s 2015 Shoe Box Appeal has been declared a success, resulting in over 116,000 gift-filled boxes for children and adults in need.

Speaking at the organisation’s Highland headquarters, Blythswood’s chief executive James Campbell said: “We’re really pleased at the outcome this year and want to thank everyone who filled a box. More than 106,000 boxes are being distributed in Eastern Europe before Christmas and two containers with a further 10,000 are on their way to Pakistan.

“These gifts bring joy to thousands of children and touch the hearts of older people who sometimes feel that they have been forgotten.”

This year’s figure of 116,576 boxes brings the total since 1993 to 1.9 million and represents a 10% increase on last year. Blythswood’s Shoe Box Appeal has support across the United Kingdom with 19 lorry loads being processed and dispatched from Kent, Bristol, Belfast, Liverpool, Glasgow, and Newport Wales as well as from the Highlands.

“People from Shetland to Cornwall have filled boxes and hundreds of volunteers have helped to process them in time,” said James Campbell. “I’d like to thank each one.”

Pictured are some of the boxes collected at Sir E Scott school in Harris for the appeal this year.