Presents worth thousands of pounds gifted to survivors of modern slavery this Christmas

Survivors of slavery living in our Lancashire safe houses will enjoy a festive Christmas this year thanks to generous donations from the people of Hesketh Bank and Preston.

The donation of more than 100 bags of new adult gifts, valued at around £5,000, was made by supporters of The Friendship Foundation.

The Friendship Foundation and anti-slavery charity City Hearts, are members of PLASP (Pan Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership), and often work together to support people affected by exploitation and trafficking in the Lancashire area.

The Friendship Foundation was founded by Revd Brian Gregory in 2009 to focus on anti-slavery and social justice issues in Romania, and then later in England and Wales.

Revd. Brian Gregory said: “Our appeal for the City Heart’s Christmas collection is made in the Preston area, and though we are not a faith-based charity, we rely very heavily, but, by no means exclusively, on the generosity of All Saints’ Church, Hesketh Bank.

“We first started contributing to the work of City Hearts in 2017 as we particularly wanted to support a charity working with victims and survivors in our region. City Hearts is a worthy recipient of the money people have entrusted to us. We can assure our donors that their money is well targeted and well spent.”

Megan Reeve of City Hearts’ Health and Wellbeing team, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support PLASP and The Friendship Foundation, have given us this year. The donations to our Christmas present appeal are such good quality. Our clients are going to be so happy when they open their presents on Christmas Day! These gifts will bring so much joy to the clients! Thank you so much!”