Official Club Charity of the Season DIAS and Lucy Cachia-Boyce thank Wigan Athletic fans for Project Shoebox donations.
Earlier this month Latics fans were asked to donate shoeboxes filled with useful items for people spending the Christmas period in domestic violence refuges, and Lucy Cachia-Boyce, who organised the collection for the Wigan area, has been overwhelmed by the response.
Lucy said: ‘Thank you to all of the Latics fans who donated to Project Shoebox, I was overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the people who donated. I've managed to extend the project already to a wider area than I'd originally intended, which is fantastic.
‘I actually became quite teary-eyed and emotional while I was checking through the boxes and packing them up because it was clear to see that the people who had given things had put a lot of thought into it, with hand written Christmas cards, pieces of jewellery, gift sets, gifts for children and baby products.’
‘These boxes do more than provide essential toiletries to people going through emotional and financial strains, they send a heartfelt message letting them know they're not on their own and that there is hope for the future.
‘I'm extremely grateful to Jeanette at DIAS for making this project possible by allowing me to use her offices as a drop off point and promoting the cause. This is just a small part of the great work she already does but it enabled me to make the project viable in the Wigan area.
‘We are hoping to work together to find other outlets for extra drop off points in the North West for next Christmas.’
Lucy and Jeanette Bailey, DIAS Chief Officer, delivered the shoeboxes to Cherry Wild, Manager of Wigan Refuges, earlier this week, to be distributed in time for Christmas.