Christmas cheer by the hamper-load

Sainsbury's staff with their festive donation for Byron Court.

Sainsbury's staff with their festive donation for Byron Court.

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STAFF and residents of a Methil sheltered housing complex have been left ‘overwhelmed’ by the response to news their Christmas hamper raffle prize had being stolen.

The Mail revealed the theft of the prize which helps pay for a Christmas lunch for the tenants of the 22 flats at Byron Court, two weeks ago.

Since then, sheltered housing officer Kay Scarborough said people haven’t stopped arriving with goods for replacement hampers and shops and local businesses have donated bag loads of goodies.

“Someone even gave us a £50 donation,” she said.

“It’s quite overwhelming – everyone has been so generous and we will now have a bigger raffle than we’ve ever had with quite a few extra prizes this year.

“We’ve had a mixture of stuff from bottles and chocolates to food, and tins of sweets.

“We took it all through to let the residents see it, as obviously we aren’t leaving it lying out this time, and they were over the moon.

“We all want to say thank you to everyone. It has really been appreciated by the staff and tenants.”

Two of the biggest donations were made by the Co-operative on Methilhaven Road and Sainsbury’s at the Riverside retail park in Leven.

Tracy Scott, a shop assistant at the Co-op, said staff had put a sign up in the shop asking the public to donate and ended up collecting a trolley load.

She added: “We saw it in the East Fife Mail and thought it would be good to help them. I didn’t think it’s fair their Christmas dinner was going to be spoiled.

“Some of the customers bought biscuits and tea and other stuff specially to donate.

“They all thought it was terrible what happened.”

Donna Donnelly of Sainsbury’s said colleagues were upset after reading the Mail’s article and held a staff collection to raise money to buy goods from the store and created a hamper out of it all.

She added: “Everyone just wanted to do their bit and pulled together.

“It’s shocking what happened so it’s nice to see the community spirit we do have here.

“We wish all the tenants and staff a merry Christmas.”