Last Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

North Lindsey College team-up with ‘Link to Hope’ Shoe Box Appeal

North Lindsey College’s Kingsway Fitness Suite Manager, Alan Rayment has launched a Shoe Box Appeal project to help raise money for the charity ‘Link to Hope’.

‘Link to Hope’ is a charity which helps rebuild lives and communities in Eastern Europe such as Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Ukraine. Every Christmas the charity sends out shoe boxes filled with items to give to families, the young and elderly.

Alan will be collecting boxes from around the UK and is preparing to fly out to Romania on the Friday 3rd December 2017. He will be spending five days there with the charity helping to deliver the boxes into schools, churches and homes.

Last year Alan made 156 boxes for the charity and this year his target is to create 200 boxes. So far he is ahead of his target with 258 boxes already.

Local schools such as Crowle Primary School have helped with the project; Alan hosted a Shoe Box Party, at the school, on Friday 20th October. In addition, Alan has hosted a community Shoe Box Party. Local businesses such as; Tesco and Fullers Bakery were involved and donated cakes and buns for the event to sell to the general public. All the money raised will be exchanged into Euros and this will pay each family £15 per day for letting Alan stay with them covering his food, water and bed.

Alan will next be heading to Broughton Junior School on Thursday 16th November to do an assembly and to collect a further 200 boxes from the pupils.

He states: “I can’t express my gratitude for all the people who have donated, local businesses, mums and dads who have taken their children to pound stores and bought lots of different items going towards the boxes.”

It costs £2 to send each box over to Romania, to help with this he has set-up a fundraising page , where he has managed to raise an incredible £500 so far.

The boxes are being stored in a Warehouse in Howden where Alan and friends will help pack 3000 boxes The boxes have been donated by Rolec Electrical Ltd in Sandtoft and boxes are coming from Skegness and Lincoln. ‘Link to Hope’ are also travelling from the south and collecting boxes along the way from East Midlands and Yorkshire area, ready for them to be flown out in December.

He said: “It’s going to be very humbling, the boxes created are going to families who I am actually going to be able to meet.”

Alan will be returning back to the UK on Friday 8th December 2017 knowing that he has put a smile on someone’s face in Romania this Christmas.

If you would like to donate or make your own shoebox for Alan to take with him to Romania, please get in touch call 01724 294150 or email