The team at Mecca Exeter have launched their Christmas appeal’ Everyone Deserves a Christmas’ to help those who may be struggling this festive season.

Mecca is raising money for Exeter City Community Trust, the health and wellbeing charity which works in partnership with Exeter City Football Club.

It is hoped local businesses and the community will donate food and drink that will remain fresh throughout the Christmas period such as canned or packaged goods and unopened toiletries, as well as monetary contributions.

Donations will be used to create the Christmas hampers, whether this be a hamper filled with festive goods from the donations or supermarket vouchers.

Alan Forshaw, the general manager of Mecca Bingo

The initiative is hoping to provide at least 50 hampers valued at £50 each which will then be distributed to local families through the charity.

Alan Forshaw, general manager at Mecca Exeter, said: “We’re delighted to be launching Mecca’s Everyone Deserves a Christmas campaign and to be bringing a little festive cheer to those most in need. It’s been a year unlike any other, so we’re thrilled to continue to give something back to our community and will be incredibly grateful for any donations our loyal customers and supportive locals are able to make.”

Jamie Vittles, chief executive of CITY Community Trust, said: “Along with many organisations across the city, we have seen how the pandemic has impacted people’s lives. This has been particularly apparent through the work we have been doing to support vulnerable or isolated people during lockdown, which we have continued to deliver to people across Exeter since the country first went into lockdown in March.

“We are delighted to partner with Mecca Bingo and hope this campaign will help us to make Christmas a little brighter for disadvantaged people in Exeter.”

Jamie Vittles chief executive of CITY Community Trust

As a part of the local community in Exeter, throughout the first lockdown earlier this year the Mecca team volunteered to connect with customers and help those in need.

Clubs across the country prepared and delivered over 50,000 meals to local communities, emergency workers, care homes and charities, with more activity happening this November lockdown.

The Exeter City Community Trust has also stepped in to help struggling members of the community this year. Their new programme Tackling Loneliness Together has been helping to connect members of the community who may otherwise be isolated through special Zoom meetings and a penpal scheme.

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Find out how to get involved in the Christmas appeal by visiting Mecca Exeter’s Facebook page. Donations can also be made by visiting Mecca Exeter’s Just Giving page here.





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