We hear from volunteer Yvette Sansom who showed a talent with gift wrap – and is ready for Valentine’s Day
“I was so pleased to be involved in wrapping presents for shoppers in the new Highcross Leicester store, especially as it turned out to be one of the charity’s success stories for the year. We collected more than £2,000 from a lot of generous people in December 2019.
“I spent 14 days in total wrapping gifts and loved it. I have always been a little bit arty and liked to knit and sew when I was younger. I like to see a good finished article, with ribbons and bows of course. I love a challenge too, even though I felt a bit daft in the Christmas hat!”
Yvette’s husband is the newly appointed charity trustee Steven Sansom (former chairman of Dominoes Toys) and the couple kindly paid for 11,900 metres of gift wrap and the special high table for the army of wrappers. She joined charity trustees, committee members, staff and other volunteers on the wrap rota.
“One of my highlights was the day I was interviewed and filmed by BBC East Midlands Today to publicise the wrapping and the new shop. It was a bit nerve-wracking and I kept myself busy by wrapping as I talked. The reporter was lovely and it was great to help raise the profile of the charity.
“But the best thing about volunteering was meeting the people who came in to talk to us about when they went to Mablethorpe with the charity. They were of all ages and it was an honour to hear their stories of treasure hunts on the beach and swimming in the sea. Many of our visitors were really interested in the information banners which explained about the modern-day holidays to Hilltop.
“These people were grateful too and a lot of them took the trouble to say a simple ‘thank you’. It was heartening for them to hear that Leicester Children’s Holidays’ role remains unchanged and the charity still helps lots of disadvantaged children each year have fun and get a break.
“We had some unusual shapes to wrap but nothing defeated us. We had an umbrella and a doll’s buggy and a LOL doll which had faceted sides. One chap brought in 15 presents, that was a record. Now I am ready to volunteer again whenever I am needed. At least for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day I don’t have to wear my Christmas hat!”
Yvette is pictured (right) with charity administrator Karen Leitch
Yvette’s top tips for wrapping:
- Don’t use too much wrapping paper
- If you have an awkward shape, place a roll of sticky tape on the table and place the gift on top to keep it stable while you wrap
Can you volunteer a few hours of your time for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift wrapping this year? We are wrapping for Valentine’s Day from Wednesday February 12 to Friday February 14 between 10am and 4pm. Please contact us at email@example.com