Rallying the troops for a whole lot of wrapping!
It's that time of year when most of us are busy trawling the shops to find the perfect gift for their friends and family. But whilst we're getting caught up in the festivities we shouldn't forget that there are many local causes and initiatives happening within our community that spread Christmas cheer.
Help for Heroes
Members of the Consumer marketing team helped to pack stockings full of presents for Colchester Chavasse VC House, a Recovery Centre run by Help for Heroes. The centre helps to rehabilitate those who have suffered life changing injuries or illnesses following their return from duty or transitioning to civilian life*.
Heather Bull gives an account of the day:
"We wrapped and packed 30 stockings, each containing 30 individually wrapped gifts including t-shirts, chocolates, games and vouchers (900 presents in total!). It just so happened that we packed the men's ones so there was plenty of shaving cream and aftershave floating about! The lovely gifts are all donated by the public or corporates - generosity at its finest!
The stockings are distributed at each of Help for Heroes' Recovery Centres over the Christmas period. It means a lot to be able to give back to those who have put their lives on the line for us and show how grateful we are.
It's safe to say we are now well practiced for our own gift wrapping this Christmas!"
Andover Foodbank Christmas Shoebox Appeal
For the third year in a row, the Andover Community Fund supported Andover Foodbanks Shoebox Appeal. Over the years, we've always challenged ourselves to make more gift boxes than the year before.
Employees from across the three Andover buildings were incredibly generous, donating loads of fabulous brand new items ready to be sorted into gender and age groups. The team then hit the high street and shopped for the age groups and genders that needed a boost, followed by wrapping the many shoeboxes ready for distribution to local children, for whom having something to open on Christmas morning makes a real difference.
Last year, over 101 boxes were made and this year we exceeded the target and created a total of 111 boxes.
All in all, it's fantastic to be able to get involved with the community for projects like these. The generosity of our people never ceases to amaze, whether it's by donating items for shoeboxes, or taking the time to get involved with the wrapping of presents. We're pleased to be making a small contribution to help others this Christmas.