Santa gets a helping hand in South Norfolk

Two South Norfolk businessmen are giving Santa a hand this year and have donated two truck loads of toys and gifts to South Norfolk Council.

The toys will be distributed by staff in the Council’s Early Help Hub and by Children’s Services to help families who are experiencing hardship to make sure that Father Christmas visits as many homes as possible on the big day.

Jeremy Payne, who runs J Payne Services Ltd said “I have tried to do something to help people every year. Charities only want money, but I wanted to offer something tangible. In the past I’ve bought sleeping bags and food for the homeless, but last year I decided to buy toys and gifts to help some of the children who wake up on Christmas morning without a present to open.”

This is the second year that Jeremy has donated toys and his friend Michael Downs, who owns Carbrooke Cars, decided that he wanted to help put a smile on young people’s faces this Christmas too.

“I saw what Jeremy was doing and wanted to help. We have both worked hard and we wanted to give something back. You don’t have to have lots of money to help people, you just have to want to do something. Every act of kindness, big or small makes a difference to someone’s life.”

If you would like to help by donating a toy for a child or young person, please contact South Norfolk Council on 01508 533642