How The 4Com Foundation is helping this Christmas

The 4Com Foundation is again proud to be helping and partnering with several local charities over the festive season.

The 4Com Foundation, like in previous years, is supporting Mosaic, Amelia’s Rainbow, The Trussell Trust’s Bournemouth and Salisbury Food Banks, and the Christchurch Angels, to help make a difference over the festive season.

With the current cost of living crisis, The Trussell Trust announced that there has been an unprecedented increase in emergency food parcels this year with a rise of 14% being issued in the past year. Sadly, many people will be going hungry this Christmas and a YouGov poll revealed that 4.9 million adults in the UK are to skip meals in December just to be able to afford their children Christmas presents. The Trussell Trust shared that more people are needing donations this year, but they are receiving less, which is why The 4Com Foundation would like to do its part by helping those facing food poverty this Christmas; like previous years, The 4Com Foundation will be donating food parcels to local food banks in both Bournemouth and Salisbury. 

The Christchurch Angels will also be receiving food parcels supplied by The 4Com Foundation this year. The Christchurch Angels are a befriending service that falls under the Christchurch Community Partnership, a non-profit organisation that aims to improve the quality of life for people in Dorset. They provide short-term volunteer support to people in BH23 who do not have a network of family or friends available to support them in times of crisis or illness. The 4Com Foundation are proud to have been able to support the Christchurch Angels with previous charitable events, such as Community Lunches, and are pleased to be helping this Christmas by supplying food parcels to those who may otherwise be without. 

Chris Duley, Onboarding Coordinator at 4Com, is an avid participant in 4Com’s charitable activities. He said, “I thoroughly enjoy helping to organise the Christmas food parcels we donate to both The Trussell Trust’s Bournemouth and Salisbury food banks, and to the Christchurch Angels. The food parcels are needed more than ever this year and I am so pleased that we are able to support these charities by contributing an amazing 285 food parcels.”

Another great cause that The 4Com Foundation are passionate about and will be supporting this Christmas is Mosaic. Mosaic is a Dorset-based charity that support bereaved children and young people that have lost a loved one, whether that be a parent, sibling, friend, or someone in their extended family. It is estimated that around 2,500 children and young people in Dorset are bereaved each year which equates to a shocking 7 a day. With Christmas being a particularly tough time when grieving a loved one, The 4Com Foundation will be supporting Mosaic by funding their Christmas Party and having 4Com employees, Laura Kimber and Darren Brady, attend to lend a helping hand. The Foundation will also be supplying gift cards and selection boxes for the children. 

For many years now, The 4Com Foundation has supported Amelia’s Rainbow, a children’s charity in Dorset that supports children with complex disabilities, terminal, or chronic illnesses. This year the Amelia’s Rainbow Christmas Toy Appeal is back, and 4Com’s Lansdowne head office will be an official toy collection point for another year running. We are advertising to all staff and the public to kindly ask for donations to support Amelia’s Rainbow and make a child’s Christmas this year. In addition to this, the charity also provides Christmas gifts to the siblings of children they support, as they provide fantastic support within the families themselves. 

Farah Batchelor, Charity Manager at Amelia’s Rainbow, explained, “Our Christmas Toy Appeal makes a huge difference to young people battling serious illnesses, or managing complex disabilities. Families often face financial or emotional hardship, therefore the Toy Appeal is an opportunity to release the burden and bring some joy. We are so grateful for the ongoing support The 4Com Foundation provides, with the incredible involvement and donations, all of which will be sure to make a significant impact on the lives of children and young people at Amelia’s Rainbow this Christmas.”

With Christmas being a time of giving, The 4Com Foundation are always so proud to be able to support these various local charities and organisations by giving back and making a difference in the community. The Foundation’s activities and donations of course, would not be possible without the overwhelming assistance from 4Com’s team, with staff across the business getting involved year after year. 

Dean Cartledge, 4Com’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of The 4Com Foundation, said “I am absolutely delighted that we are partnering with a number of charities again this festive period. With this time of year being so difficult for many, it is important to us that we do what we can to support our local community. We have an amazing team here at 4Com that have gone above and beyond, once again, to ensure those in need this Christmas will not go without”.

Since The 4Com Foundation was established in 2014, over £400,000 has been donation to local and national charities. In September this year, over £33,000 was raised for The Isabel Baker Foundation’s Dry Suit Appeal following the 4-25 Challenge; a 25-mile hike across the Purbeck Hills by 40 members of staff from 4Com.

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