Every December at 4Com we like to make a difference to those in need in our local area. This year, we’ve teamed up with a number of charities on projects ranging from Christmas Toy collections, creating food parcels and helping at children’s parties. Here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to this month:
Amelia’s Rainbow Toy Appeal
Amelia’s Rainbow work with families who have children that are suffering from terminal, chronic or life-limiting illnesses and we had previously raised £35,000 to open their new holiday home, Amelia’s Retreat. This year, we worked with them to help organise, collect, wrap and distribute hundreds of toys to families across the Bournemouth and Poole region. We’d like to thank all the other businesses who joined us in acting as collection points and also all those who so generously donated toys.
The Salvation Army
The Boscombe Salvation Army are another of our regular charity partners. This year, we created winter packs for them comprising of hats, gloves, socks, hand warmers and umbrellas to help their service users during the difficult winter months. We’ll also be joining with them to help serve food and distribute the packs on the 23rd December and a few volunteers are providing lifts for those attending The Salvation Army’s Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day.
The Trussell Trust
This Christmas we also created 60 food hampers for The Trussell Trust, which will be distributed by Bournemouth Foodbank. Through our 4Com Foundation, we bought all the contents and a team of our staff packed and wrapped them, ready for use by the Foodbank. The hampers contained an array of food, which will be given to those struggling to afford food over the Christmas period.
Beaucroft School Party
Beaucroft is a school that caters for children and young people who are experiencing learning difficulties and those on the Autism Spectrum. This year we sent a team along to their party to help make the event a success and even managed to recruit Santa to go and meet the children.
Mosaic Christmas Party
Mosaic are a charity that supports bereaved children, young people and their families. Their Christmas Party is an event that 4Com have supported for a number of years and this year we sent a team of volunteers to help. The team assisted by helping to serve the lunches and accompany the children throughout the party.
At the start of next year, we’ll also be welcoming guests from Age Concern Christchurch for another of our senior lunches. Check back here in 2017 for more news of next year’s charitable events.