Christmas cheer for Cloughmills families

Aideen McMullan (right) with one of the many hampers to be distributed to families in the Cloughmills area before Christmas. The gifts are from the Millside Restaurant whose representative, Stephanie Gray, is pictured making the presentation. INBM52-14S

Aideen McMullan (right) with one of the many hampers to be distributed to families in the Cloughmills area before Christmas. The gifts are from the Millside Restaurant whose representative, Stephanie Gray, is pictured making the presentation. INBM52-14S

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A number of families in the Cloughmills area will get an unexpected bonus this Christmas thanks to the generosity of a local business.

Gifts including clothing, games, toys and toiletries to suit tots and teens have been donated to the Frosses Medical Centre by the management team at the Millside Restaurant, Darrel Stevenson and Stephanie Gray.

The gesture has been warmly welcomed by Health Worker at the Frosses Centre, Aideen McMullan, who described it as both ‘amazing’ and ‘very generous.’ She will ensure that the items, which come in a hamper-like basket, are distributed in time for Christmas.

The gifts will help ease the financial burden on families at this time of the year when many will struggle to make ends meet.

Stephanie Gray commented: “I have a child and know the excitement Christmas generates for him. It’s not nice to be in a position where you can’t provde for your children as you would like that’s why we decided to do something about it.

“We just wanted to give a little back particularly since the community locally and beyond are very supportive of the Millside.”

Last year, Millside donated similar gifts in the Ballymoney area which was well received and are planning further community initiatives in the coming year.