Saturday 12th December saw Christmas spirit in action on Marlow High Street, as the Marlow Elves project came to life.
The Marlow Elves, coordinated by the Marlow Life and Marlow Bottom Facebook groups, identified more than 200 local people in need of a boost this Christmas. Working with local schools and churches, each person was then matched with a gift-giver who chose, wrapped and delivered a present worth £10 to the Marlow Elves on Saturday.
The “grotto” where The Elves were hard at work receiving the gifts was on Spittal Street, in a shop lent by landlord Sorbon Estates.
The Elves will now manage delivery of these gifts to their recipients in time for Christmas Day.
A spokes-elf for Marlow Elves commented, “We wanted to do something to bring a much-needed boost to the community. The Elves have sent over 700 cards, with drawings by local children, to nominated elderly residents. Over 230 gifts will be delivered and a number of residential homes and community projects, such as Marlow Age Concern, will receive a box of donated treats.
We still have the Elf Awards to announce on Christmas Eve. Community-led awards for people who have stood out over the past 12 months. It has been amazing given the awful year everyone has had, it’s bringing cheer not only to those receiving the presents, but everyone who has volunteered to take part. It’s been so well-received that we are already planning for next year! The Elves would like to thank everyone who took part and the local businesses who have supported the initiative and provided prizes for the Elf Awards.”
Tamra Booth, Managing Director of Sorbon Estates, said, “We were delighted to provide the Marlow Elves with one of our Marlow retail units to gather the donated presents. It is such a worthwhile cause and, as a local business, we are always keen to support community initiatives like this.”
MyMarlow says ….
Well done to everyone that pulled together to get this initiative off the ground! A great community project, that will make Christmas a bit more special for so many 🙂