Charity receives much-needed help in “particularly hard times”

Two fridges and a shopping trolley filled with food and essential baby items were recently donated by the Algarveans Experimental Theatre Group to the Castelo de Sonhos charity in Silves.

Algarveans members Stephen Dackombe and Jan Sheppeard delivered the goods after the need was flagged by the charity, which helps financially-stricken families in the Silves area. The donation was also very timely as their fridges also needed replacing.

Funds to purchase the goods had been raised during the many productions by the theatre group, such as Deadly Nightcap and Going Dutch.

Castelo de Sonhos is this year’s chosen charity by The Algarveans as the group intends to support different local causes each year.

“We still have €300 ‘in the pot’ to spend on other essential items for the charity. It is our plan to help a different charity each year, particularly in these hard times,” the Algarveans told us.

Shoebox drive for the elderly
Meanwhile, another initiative in aid of Castelo de Sonhos, this time supporting the elderly, was announced this week. The 11th Annual Shoebox Drive for the Elderly aims to collect shoeboxes filled with goodies to be delivered in time for Christmas.

Castelo de Sonhos has more than 200 elderly in need living in the Silves area. This Christmas the charity would again like to take smiles to this vulnerable group and hopes donations of filled shoeboxes will be aplenty.

If you would like to help this cause, all you need to do is find an empty shoebox, decide whether your gift will be for a man or a woman, fill it with gifts (each gift may be individually wrapped), wrap the box and label for man, woman or couple. Finally, deliver the shoebox to Castelo de Sonhos in Silves or the Holiday Inn Algarve in Armação de Pêra, between November 15 and December 1.

Suggested gifts include shampoo, soap, bath gel, woolly hat, gloves, scarf, socks, sewing kit, torch, tea towel, sweets, chocolate, biscuits, small ornaments and Christmas decorations. Please do not include medicines.

For more information, contact David or Celia Mossman on 282 332 665 or email [email protected]