Volunteers are appealing to the public to help give elderly residents some festive spirit this Christmas.

For the second year the Hyndburn GP Community Matrons are collecting gifts to help spread some seasonal joy for the borough’s over-75s.

The deadline for donations this year is Friday, December 2.

Nurse Lisa Murray, who is one of the volunteers behind the project, said: “We are looking at giving a little back this Christmas to persons living at home who have lived within our community most of their lives and ensure that they get a little something to open this Christmas morning.”

A unique crochet rug handmade by Ada Preston is also up for auction to help raise funds for the project.

Tom Mayor, a 103-year-old pensioner wrote an emotional thank-you card after his gifts were delivered last year. He said: “When a Christmas hamper is delivered by a smiling nurse it is like a bouquet of roses. Scintillating and uplifting. To think that someone really cares.”

Gifts should be labelled ‘to a lovely gentlemen’ or ‘lady’, and should not include alcohol.

Drop off points are available across the borough at:

Asda Accrington

Keenans Estate Agents

Peel House Medical Practice Accrington Pals

Blackburn road medical practice, 257 Blackburn Road

Barbara Kay, Whalley Road

Homewise Whalley Road

Carers link - Melbourne House Eastgate

Comfort Call Care Agency, Dutton Street

Clubbercise - Hyndburn & Ribble Valley with GD Mixfitness & Zumba Rox Extreme Dance Fitness(Class times only Hollins & Adelaide Suite)

Space 2 Make,70-72 Blackburn Road,

Sparkles, Water Street


Baxenden Pharmacy Manchester Road

Baxenden physiotherapy and sports clinic, Manchester Road

Clayton Le Moors

Wells pharmacy, Pickup Street

Optical Direct Longton house Burnley Road

Woodland HFE

Great Harwood

Elysium - GS social care ltd, 1a Barnmeadow Lane

The Royle surgery, Great Harwood


West End Fish and Chip shop, Blackburn Road


Rishton Funeral Service, High Street

The Rishton Arms, Station Road, Rishton,