By Faye Hackwell Her Game Too is pleased to be supporting Operation Christmas Hamper again this upcoming festive season.
The project was launched by Bristol Rovers fan Charlotte Churchill during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, as she wanted to help local families in need by putting together hampers of luxury items including food, confectionery and toiletries.
There are now more than 1,300 members of the project’s Facebook group and they team up to compile and deliver the hampers to families most in need.
Last year, Charlotte and her team, which included volunteers from Her Game Too, delivered 340 hampers, containing festive treats such as hot chocolate, marshmallows, jam, pickles and Christmas crackers.
This year, the project is expanding further across the city of Bristol with the aim of distributing more than 500 hampers.
In addition to Her Game Too, Bristol City Robins Foundation, Gloucester County Cricket Club and the Gas Girls will be joining the Bristol Rovers Community Trust in supporting the initiative to increase donations and promote fundraising.
There will be collection points for fans to donate items and money at Bristol City and Bristol Rovers games in late November and early December.
Charlotte said: “Although they are different, Her Game Too and Operation Christmas Hamper share the same principles of working towards fairness and equality for all.
“This is such a community initiative and Her Game Too’s support helps strengthen what we are trying to achieve.
“Her Game Too Directors Caz and Lucy have been a tremendous support to Operation Christmas Hamper, which I am so appreciative of.”
Caz May, Her Game Too Founder, Director and Bristol Rovers Ambassador, said: “Christmas is a time for giving and spreading the love, so we want to help give to those who may be vulnerable this Christmas.
“Operation Christmas Hamper is an opportunity to make a real positive difference to families in the community and we want to do our bit in contributing to that.
“Being part of the community of ‘helpers’ is truly a wonderful place to be and Charlotte has done a fantastic job of building that community.”