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Caring Southfields Team In Christmas Charity Donations

8 months ago

21st December, 2021 16h39

Linnaeus Group

An Essex veterinary referral centre has embraced the festive spirit by spearheading a heart-warming donation to vulnerable families.

Southfields Veterinary Specialists, in Laindon, has been busy collecting and collating a wide variety of Christmas gifts in aid of its nominated charity, the Alternatives Trust East London.

Organiser Nicola Barrigan, head of nursing services at Linnaeus-owned Southfields, said: “We opened a Santa’s Grotto at Southfields to encourage the community to donate gifts to help these vulnerable families this Christmas.

“We’ve had a terrific response with donations of clothing for women and children, hats, gloves, scarves, toiletries, children’s toys, arts and crafts, puzzles and books.

“Now we’re busy wrapping up all the presents for Santa to deliver to the families on Christmas Eve and hope it will bring a lot of joy to them in what can be a difficult time of year.

“We’re very proud to be supporting our nominated charity Alternatives Trust East London and the amazing work they do.

“The charity supports woman and children who are escaping domestic abuse – along with many other challenges faced by families, which can be exacerbated at Christmas.”

Elizabeth Booker, director at Alternatives Trust East London, said: “We are very grateful to Southfields Veterinary Specialists for their support and would like to say a big thank-you to their clients and local community for all their donations.

“We are a small charity that works to empower vulnerable families and transform their lives.

“Our dedicated team gives long-term, intensive support to more than 100 women and their children each year through the We Are Family (WAF) programme.

“There are weekly therapeutic groups which offer early intervention through teaching parenting and life skills to 25 to 30 families each week.

“Alternatives also works to address the causes of poverty and delivers practical help, such as food and baby equipment, one-to-one parenting support, counselling and education on relationships and sex.”

For more information on Alternatives Trust East London, visit For more information on Southfields, visit

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