Shoe Box Appeal For The Homeless





Help the Homeless Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2019 – Wimborne Minster & Ferndown

Now that the summer months are behind us, many of our thoughts are starting to turn to Christmas which stirs excitement and joy. However, for many, this can be a very lonely and upsetting time of year, spent without family or a permanent roof over their heads.

Following the phenomenal response to last year’s appeal, the Mayors of Wimborne Minster and Ferndown will be continuing with the Christmas Shoebox Appeal which will be in memory of Cllr Steve Lugg who introduced the appeal 3 years ago and was such a driving force behind it.

The Mayor of Wimborne Minster, Cllr Shane Bartlett said “My late friend, Cllr Steve Lugg was typically passionate about this cause, which I wholeheartedly support.” I would like to say a massive thank you to all those that have agreed to be collection points over Wimborne Minster and Ferndown.

The Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr Julie Robinson said “Last year over 500 boxes were donated which is testament to the generosity of our community. The spirit of Christmas is all about giving to others, and the shoebox appeal is a fantastic initiative that gives to those who need our help the most at this time of year. We now have 5 drop off points for donations and therefore greater capacity to accept more parcels to pass on to those in need. I’d like to thank all those businesses who have kindly agreed to be collection points for the packages.”

Ideas for filling your shoebox include:

·       Hats, Gloves, Scarves ·       First Aid Kit
·       Toiletries (no aerosols please) ·       Face cloths / small towels
·       Socks ·       A torch / batteries
·       Dry foods / tins / confectionery ·       Sachets of drinks / soups

Please label the gift box as ‘Female’, ‘Male’ or ‘Unisex’. If possible, please wrap your shoebox in wrapping paper with the lid wrapped separately. You can also include a Christmas card.

Donations can be delivered:

Wimborne Minster:

  • Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster BH21 1AS. Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Town Hall, 37 West Borough, Wimborne Minster BH21 1LT. Monday to Friday 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Dibbens Solicitors, 3 West Borough, Wimborne Minster BH21 1LU. Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm


  • Meridian Air Conditioning, 529 Ringwood Road, Ferndown. Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.
  • Pedal Cycles, 493 Ringwood Road, Ferndown. Monday to Saturday, 9am- 5.30pm.
  • The Forest Inn, Forest Links Rd, Ferndown BH22 9PH. Monday to Sunday, 8am-11pm.
  • The Nightjar, 94 Victoria Rd, Ferndown BH22 9JA. Monday to Sunday, 8am-11pm.
  • Helping Hands, 12 Victoria Rd, Ferndown BH22 9HZ. Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.30pm.

The last date for receipt of boxes is Friday 6 December 2019.

*Thank you to Minster Press for kindly printing the posters for the Noticeboards and Drop off Points**