For the last ten years during the month of December a special tree full of tags has dominated the entrance to the Adastral Park Hub. Each tag has a gift suggestion on it – from toiletries and towels to biscuits and chocolates. Adastral Park employees collect a tag, buy the gift, wrap it and return it ready for distribution by WRVS volunteers.

The WRVS provide the meals on wheels service to people in the Ipswich area and, thanks to the generosity of the people from the Park, they’re able to include a special Christmas gift with their delivery. For some it’s their only present at a time of year when people can feel especially lonely.

Debbi Fair, WRVS territory manager, said: “The gifts are greatly appreciated and feedback from both volunteers and service users expressed both gratitude and happiness on receiving these wonderful gifts.”

Christine Evans, who organises the tree, said: “We collected 536 presents this year which is the most in the three years I’ve been running it. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed and volunteered to help with the collection.”

Giving tree

Christine Evans, left, handing over the presents to Debbi Fair from the WRVS