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Bexleyheath woman gives up Christmas to spend with disadvantaged children

PUBLISHED: 16:31 11 December 2015 | UPDATED: 16:32 11 December 2015

Elizabeth Trumble (centre) volunteering on a Chicks break

Elizabeth Trumble (centre) volunteering on a Chicks break

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She will attend a charity's holiday scheme

In the festive spirit, a woman from Bexleyheath is giving up her Christmas to spend time disadvantaged children.

Based in Devon and Cornwall, the breaks can offer the first holiday many children using the service have experienced.

Aside from normal activities, the Christmas break also offers children a traditional Christmas meal, a trip to the pantomime, as well as receiving Christmas presents.

Working with charity Chicks, 34-year-old Elizabeth Trumble from Oakland Road in Bexleyheath will be volunteering at a week-long respite break in Cornwall.

She said: “I first found out about Chicks accidentally a few years ago, but now I’ve attended a number of their camps.

“I’ve always had the chance to have a great Christmas with my family and the fact that some people don’t have that chance is quite upsetting, I can always celebrate Christmas with my family the week after.

“Its always great to see the children take part in different activities, you can see their confidence grow even when they seem nervous at first.”

“We try to get away from modern technology, and get back in touch with our roots at the breaks, there are a lot of board games to use, but we don’t take our mobile phones.

Chief executive at Chicks Elanor Hoskin said: “At a time when people bemoan the commercialisation of Christmas and say that it has lost its true meaning, volunteers are an inspiration and we’re so grateful to them for giving up Christmas with their own families to help disadvantaged children make magical childhood memories.

“Volunteers are really at the heart of Chicks, and we need over 500 each year to provide our much-needed respite breaks, so we really hope that Elizabeth’s dedication will inspire others to get involved.”

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