Christmas tears as charity delivers to needy

“WE were all crying,” was the scene described by a Penumbra support worker during visits made by the mental health charity to 20 Hawick families to hand over winter clothes and presents for their children this Christmas.

Workers made surprise visits to local families who they knew would struggle to not only afford Christmas presents, but basic winter clothes to keep their children warm.

But thanks to Radio Borders’ Cash for Kids appeal, which raised £2,600, and sacks of toys which have been donated by Asda and Sainsbury’s, some less fortunate little Teries will have a reason to smile on Christmas Day.

Ian Hume, a Penumbra support worker, told the Hawick News: “It’s the fourth year that we’ve been able to give children presents, but this was the first time we’ve had money to buy clothes such as winter footwear, coats, gloves, scraves and hats. We just turned up at their doors, and the children were absolutely delighted. Some of them would have very little otherwise, and I would like to say a huge thank you to Radio Borders. It will make a huge difference to these kids and it is really appreciated. People have been really generous and we would like to thank them.”

He added: “It was a fantastic feeling, and we were all crying.”

Penumbra supports people all over the Borders with mental health issues, homelessness, debt/budgeting and social inclusion.