Donation to spread cheer

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A Christmas appeal to provide gifts for under-privileged children in our area has had some welcome support from the Arbroath SNP.

The gift drive had been organised by community group the Association of Residents of Cliffburn and Hayshead (ARCH) to spread some Christmas cheer in Arbroath over the festive period by handing out small gifts to children.

The campaign has been very well supported by the public and on Friday (November 28) more than 350 presents were donated by members of the Arbroath branch of the SNP.

They were presented to ARCH chairperson Arthur Pritchard by SNP representatives.

A spokesperson for the branch said: “The donations were made by the local members of the SNP and was in response to Mr Pritchard’s call for help in setting up a Christmas Club for the children in the area.”

In addition a further 50 gifts have been donated by the residents and staff at Cliffview Court Supported Accommodation.

Mr Pritchard said: “We would wish to thank publicly all those who have donated. This has been very generous and a great help to us.”

Presents will be distributed from the Cliffburn and Hayshead Community Office at 8 Mayfield Terrace.

Parents are invited to bring their children along to the office to receive a small gift between 3.20 and 4.20 p.m. on December 15,16 and 17.

ARCH engage in a number of important projects in the community, including operating a food bank and taking part in an allotment to promote healthy eating.

For more details on ARCH and their activities visit