Port Joins Town Wide ‘Operation Elf’ Christmas Appeal


For its Christmas Appeal this year the Port of Blyth has joined forces with Blyth Town Council to support their ‘Operation Elf’ campaign.

With more than 350 families living on or below the poverty line in Blyth, the town council has partnered with a number of local community groups to ensure families don’t suffer this Christmas.

Charities and organisations have supported the community through the COVID crisis and will be arranging food parcels to be delivered to any families in need in Blyth, Northumberland, along with gifts for children.

Mayor Warren Taylor, said: “Christmas is already an expensive time for families, but this year with with so many people being furloughed or made redundant as businesses close down, I really am concerned that many families will simply not cope this Christmas.”

The Port has donated to the appeal and is providing support for deliveries to ensure that all the families receive what they need at this difficult time of year. The Port’s staff have also been involved making donations of Christmas goodies.

Martin Lawlor, Port of Blyth’s Chief Executive, said: “As a Trust Port we are always mindful of the needs the community around us but this year, after all the challenges COVID has presented the world, we are particularly focused on supporting those in most need in our community. Although we normally host a Christmas Appeal of our own each year, this time round it made sense to join the fantastic Operation Elf with other partners to ensure that together we could make an even bigger difference.”

Operation Elf will be collecting goods and donations until Friday 11th December. To make a cash donation, visit the Blyth Operation Elf Christmas Appeal fundraisng page here or to drop items off, donations are welcome at Blyth Food Bank and Engage in the Community