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 Police donate more than 100 advent calendars for disadvantaged children


​A POLICE advent calendar collection has helped to give more than 100 disadvantaged children chocolate treats this Christmas.

Over the past month, officers and staff at Durham Constabulary have donated 116 advent calendars to give to the foodbank at King’s Church, in Darlington.

The calendars were handed over to staff at the foodbank today (Friday, November 23) who will ensure that all families who use the foodbank over the festive period will be given an advent calendar.

Chief Inspector Sue Robinson, from Darlington Police, said: “A lot of disadvantaged children will have to go without the things we take for granted at Christmas, like an advent calendar, so we wanted to try and spread a little festive cheer and give these families a helping hand.

“We’ve had a fantastic response to the collection and have been inundated with advent calendars from officers and staff working across the force, including here in Darlington and at our headquarters in Durham.

“We hope it helps to bring a smile to some of the town’s neediest children this Christmas.”

King’s Foodbank is open from 1pm to 3pm every Wednesday and Friday and donations are always gratefully received.

Donations can be dropped off at the foodbank, or at designated donation boxes around the town, including at Sainsbury’s and Co-op stores.  

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