Toys for local families
Just before Christmas, 'Stable & Wick' bakery and farm shop in Downton hosted a charity toy give-away in collaboration with The Kindness Offensive. Volunteers wrapped and distributed over 600 toys to distribute to charities within Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset, including to Downton's very own Downton4Family. The brand new, high quality toys were donated by Hasbro, each toy averaging £15-30 in retail value.
'Stable & Wick' were very pleased to have the chance to team up with Emma Frampton (the co-founder of Help for Heroes) and The Kindness Offensive, as a way to thank the local community for all the support that they have given the shop since it opened. Emma says: "Christmas can be a really tough time for many families - some aren’t able to afford gifts while others are away from home or having to spend Christmas in hospital.''
Who are 'The Kindness Offensive'?
The Kindness Offensive was set up in 2008 by a group of friends who set out to have fun with performing random acts of kindness - they are not rich or connected people - just skilled at using the phone to source items for those in need. To date, the group has distributed well over £6 million worth of goods to deserving people all over the UK, from food for refugees and backpacks for schools to 26 tonnes of toiletries during Covid. With alumni such as Russell Brand and Ruby Wax, the group has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of people directly and inspired millions through their videos shared on YouTube. Happy List winning local filmmaker and Kindness Offensive core member James Light has helped co-ordinate the toy give-away in London for many years and has been yearning to do something in his local area for a while. Thanks to Louisa at Stable & Wick, the group was able to bring their festive cheer to Downton and the surrounding local areas.