Vorny Redmond grew up making up Christmas shoeboxes for children in other countries in school, but in 2014, the healthcare assistant from Huyton decided to make up some boxes for homeless people in Liverpool, too.

Vorny started the appeal as it saddened her to know that in 2014 there were still people within our own community who have nowhere to go, there are places that can provide temporary food, shelter, warmth and, of course, support but these people still don’t have anywhere to call home.

Calls were made via social media for donations of gift wrapped boxes filled with necessities and achieved huge success, with more than 2,500 shoebox recipients said to have been helped through the initiative in 2014.

In the Second year, 2015, the appeal reached over 5000 people, doubling in size.

Vorny states: ”I set up this appeal as a 24 year old girl and through learning, meeting people, and seeing first hand the reactions of the recipients I have found a passion and love for people within our community and grown with the appeal 4 years down the line, and each and every donator, volunteer and recipient makes me a better person, through knowing and understanding how much each person cares spurs me on to try and reach more people and learn from those individuals, businesses and organisations too. I love this appeal for keeping me strong through my hard times and for making me smile through the good ones. I honestly can not thank everybody enough for making the appeal a success year after year and changing the fortune of those most in need within our community at such a special time of year”

If you’d like to contact Vorny, please email vorny.redmond@gmail.com