This December has already been the busiest time of year for us, and will probably continue to be so. This is in no small part down to the generosity of the local community as Cheshire and Flintshire-based companies, groups and individuals offer up a wonderful wealth of gifts for our families here on site. We have been incredibly humbled already by the donations, visits and opportunities that have been provided to us for the benefit of the children, young people and their parents. With the festive period in full swing, we’d like to thank the following who have given their time and/or resources so far:
- One of our corporate partners Big Yellow have been collecting toys at their site in Chester throughout December. Local company Dandy’s Topsoil have also offered to collect toys which will be given as Christmas gifts to our children.
- The brilliant church communities of St John’s in Ashton Hayes and Tarporley Baptist & Methodist have both put on toy services and received a fantastic response! Pam has been incredibly busy sorting them ready for parents to wrap for their children here on site.
- Chester Deva HOG came on site for their annual visit on December 6th. They were welcomed wholeheartedly by families and enjoyed an afternoon on site (see right).
- Chester Grosvenor Round Table have again been chosen to ferry Santa around the area on his float, and this year the big man has been especially kind in allowing us to collect donations in aid of Save the Family whilst he visits the area. Volunteers have already been out shaking buckets in Hoole, and will be out again in Newton, Boughton and Vicars Cross over the next week or two.
- Our friends at DDM Mailing have kindly offered to give 5% of all customer spend on Christmas postage to Save the Family! Make sure you get your cards into their office in time to be delivered for the big day!
- Our families enjoyed an afternoon at Tarvin Community Centre, with their annual pantomime proving to be an entertaining delight.
- St Bartholomew’s Church in Sealand hosted a special service in which our intrepid fundraiser Laura Lindores was guest speaker. She talked about her Everest climb for Save the Family in November 2016 and a collection was taken towards her challenge.
- The Westbourne Singers and Great Sutton Male Voice Choir are performing at local concerts in West Kirby and Ellesmere Port respectively. All the proceeds from their evenings will be going to Save the Family.
We’d like to thank every single one of you for your donations and for those that are still to come in. You will help to provide a memorable Christmas for families who may not otherwise have had the chance to experience such joy and peace at this most important time of year.