A single mum from Wendover has spent months organising a project to deliver food and goodies to help the needy during the festive season.
Tracy Kiss set herself a challenge to raise £10,000 for ten charities in 2015 and saw her year rounded off with a fundraiser to help the homeless, elderly and needy families around Aylesbury.
She collected £1,000 to buy food, toiletries and treats, which were donated to a number of organisations and residents, after completing a fitness challenge at Anytime Fitness Aylesbury.
Earlier Tracy met Aylesbury MP David Lidington to discover which charities could benefit most from a donation and also purchased affordable long-life food items from the new Aldi Aylesbury store to make the money go further.
Among organisations receiving help were: The Trussell Trust Food Bank; The Redeemed Christian Church of God; Aylesbury Town Foodbank; St Mary’s Church; Church of the Good Shepherd; Southcourt Baptist Church; St Peter’s, Quarrendon; Florence Nightingale Hospice; Aylesbury Youth Action; Youth Concern (Aylesbury); Age UK, Bucks; Carers Bucks; St Mary’s, Wendover; The Healthy Living Centre; Griffin Place (houses homeless individuals and families); Aylesbury Homeless Action Group; Aylesbury Nightstop.
Among food purchased was a Christmas lunch for Age Concern Northall and District who has asked for enought to feed 40 people.
Tracy, who has two children - Millisent, 8, and Gabriele, 3, said: “This fundraiser has been such a humbling and heartfelt experience that I feel so incredibly honoured to have undertaken. Not only was it motivational in setting up a fundraising page and doing a crazy workout to push me to my physical limits, but it also taught me a lot about time.
“The people I have met and the places I have been have introduced me to such amazing new friends. It has made me assess my own life and realise how fortunate the children and I are to sleep in a warm bed with a roof over our heads and full tummies.
“Many elderly people are alone at Christmas with no family or friends, some struggle for their lives whilst others can’t afford the cost of mounting heating bills. Hardworking men and women lose their homes after falling behind on rent and mortgages due to illness, unemployment or family crisis and families with young children live day to day desperate to make ends meet or find their next hot meal.
“I shall continue to strive for my £10,000 target and am currently taking donations at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/teamkiss