Gloucestershire Charity hopes to ease pressure all round this Christmas

With the clock ticking and the count down to Christmas upon us, Gloucestershire charity CCP are aiming to help busy Christmas shoppers in a number of ways during the lead up to Christmas Eve.


CCP are using the empty BHS retail unit in Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade, from the 17th November until Christmas Eve to provide a number of services related to Christmas. These will include:


A debt counselling service – helping people who are struggling to manage their finances. CCP realises that Christmas and the winter months can impose huge financial difficulties for many people. Debt advisors will be available to speak to members of the public from 22nd November, between 10am – 1pm. The service will provide information on housing related debt advice, family support, advocacy and generic advice and guidance. .


The Christmas Wrapping Station makes a welcome return this year. Last year this service proved very popular in the days leading up to Christmas. Gifts will be beautifully wrapped in return for a donation towards Hamper Scamper.


CCP will also be using the former BHS store as a place where people can donate food and gifts to the charity’s Hamper Scamper appeal. CCP’s aim is to provide around 1250 hampers and over 2,750 gifts to families and people living in poverty this Christmas. Every year the charity sees a rise in the numbers of people requiring their support through the Hamper Scamper Appeal.


CCP’s Chris Knight has developed an innovative plan to have a Hamper Scamper supermarket within the store. Not only can the public donate food and gifts but they can select items available and make a donation towards their purchase Chris explains: “We are hoping that shoppers in and around Cheltenham will come along and see what Hamper Scamper is all about. With the kind assistance of Scott Lahive, Manager of the Regent Arcade, we are lucky enough to have prime retail presence. This is the first time that we have been visible in a shopping centre carrying out the whole Hamper Scamper process. Once again we will be having our Toy Drop which thanks to people’s generosity we were able to deliver several hundred toys to under privileged children and children in hospital at Gloucester Royal last year. We desperately need the support of people around Gloucestershire to meet the demand and ensure nobody goes without this Christmas.”


Scott Lahive adds: We are only too happy to help CCP continue their excellent work this Christmas and put the empty BHS unit to good use. The charity wrapping service was a great hit with our shoppers last year and we’re delighted to be able to combine giving shoppers the convenience of having their gifts wrapped for them with raising money for such a good cause.”


CCP would also like people when they go shopping, to consider buying some items to donate towards Hamper Scamper. Items can range from staple food such as cereal, pasta, tinned products, tea, coffee to special Christmas treats. You can also offer your support by volunteering to help with our food collections and getting involved with the gift wrapping station. CCP would welcome food donations by 14th December 2016 and offers of help by the 3rd December


Cash donations to Hamper Scamper can be made on-line by credit or debit card, or by text. To help us give a £5 voucher to a vulnerable adult, simply text “HAMP33 £5” to 70070 (min £1, max £10).   For further information or to make an online donation visit scamper; email: or telephone 01242 228999.