This group of friends won’t be buying each other Christmas presents this year.
But they will still be giving a special gift and getting into the true festive spirit.
The eight women, including Radio Wave DJ and The Grand panto star Hayley Kay, have decided to do something to help those who really need it this Christmas.
The group – Angela Molyneux, Natalie Cliff, Charlotte Deniz, Louise Lavery, Natalie Cain, Emma Timperley, Heidi Cliff and Hayley – have spent the money they would normally spend on secret Santa presents and Christmas cards for each other on groceries and festive items for the Blackpool Food Bank.
They all got together in their Christmas jumpers to gather the goods up and take them to the charity’s warehouse, hoping to spread some festive cheer and show the true spirit of giving at Christmas.
Hayley said: “We just thought it would be a nice idea to give to the food bank. And rather than doing our usual secret Santa, we decided to spend the money on Christmas goods for the food bank. We are all Blackpool ladies, some are married, some have children, two are pregnant.
“There are more than 9,000 children in Blackpool living below the poverty line. We just felt this was something we could do to help. And we really hope others might be inspired to follow our example.”
And Angela, a mum who lives near Stanley Park, said: “We felt rather than spending the money on each other and buying a nice present, but something perhaps we wouldn’t need, it would be better to donate something to help others. I have three children and a stepdaughter and I think it’s nice for them to see us doing this – to show Christmas isn’t just about writing a list of things they’d like and unwrapping presents.
“Some people don’t have enough money to have a Christmas, to sit around the table and eat Christmas dinner and we can help provide something for them. So hopefully it will encourage the children to think of other people as they get older.
“It’s a little thing, which will hopefully make someone smile. We would really love it if anybody else felt inspired to do something similar.”
For more information about the food bank or to follow the women’s example, search for Blackpool Food Bank on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org