Boxes are returning thick and fast for the Shoebox Appeal

Ravenscliffe, Robin, Bryan, Peter and Chris, with RHS students Alfie, Amy, Jake and Darwin and Lindsay

Ravenscliffe, Robin, Bryan, Peter and Chris, with RHS students Alfie, Amy, Jake and Darwin and Lindsay

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Rotary Clubs around Calderdale have started making and delivering shoebox orders to charities and good causes as the Shoebox Appeal continues to grow.

Rotarian Wilson Simms took a delivery of children’s boxes to good causes in Todmorden and managed to fit a massive 137 shoeboxes in the back of his car.

Rotarian Wilson Simms. How many shoeboxes can you fit into a car? Answer 137! All being delivered to charities in Todmorden

Rotarian Wilson Simms. How many shoeboxes can you fit into a car? Answer 137! All being delivered to charities in Todmorden

More than 1,300 boxes have now been returned filled with goodies for people in need this Christmas.

Rotary Club Shoebox Appeal organiser Bryan Harkness is encouraging the return of any remaining boxes, whether from a school, business or supermarket, to any Tesco, Sainsbury’s or to Harveys of Halifax.

This year Ravenscliffe School have managed to fill an impressive 97 boxes, beating last year’s record of 87.

The filled boxes were picked up by Rotarians Bryan Harkness, Peter Lloyd and Chris Plant.

Head teacher Martin Moorman said: “We got great support from IBI Nightingales, architects to the SpringHall development, who were represented by the project’s architect Robin Ainley.

“They supported our Shoebox Appeal with 20 filled by their staff.

“We get phenomenal community support - just look at Springhall for evidence of that - and Halifax Rotary and Peter, Bryan and Chris have been integral to that.

“But we always like to give back, so these shoeboxes are just a latest example of that perspective.”