Staff volunteers delivered 80 hampers, containing seasonal and staple food items, as well as a gift, to households across Horsham, Hove, Theale, and Lisgar Terrace in London, in time for Christmas.
Maggie Taylor, one of our Community Partnerships Officers from the Community Investment Team, oversaw the festive project, which was made possible with the help of a small grant from the Group and donations from staff members and some of the companies we work with.
“We asked colleagues to nominate customers in need, such as those struggling financially, who lack local support, or those for whom 2016 has been an exceptionally difficult year.
“I’m really pleased that, thanks to the support we’ve received, we were able to let some of our customers in need know that we care about them during what is sometimes an expensive or lonely time of year.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to the companies who have helped us with this, including Durkan, who very generously contributed £1,000, Axis Europe, Penningtons Manches, and Devonshires Solicitors. Also to Durrington Children and Family Centre who contributed food via their Fairshare programme, and also to colleagues who worked so hard to help make this happen.”
Tenancy Sustainment Officer Tom Earnell helped deliver some of the hampers. He said: “The customers who received the hampers I delivered were over the moon and blown away by the Group’s generosity; one even shed a tear.”
Home Services Manager Alexandra Price, “I delivered a hamper to a customer in Worthing who had just had chemotherapy. She hadn't done any shopping and was going to spend Christmas alone. The hamper really cheered her up and it was nice to be able to brighten her day.”
Kevin O’Connor, Head of Social Responsibility and Inclusion for Durkan Ltd, said: “For many residents and their families, a simple reminder that they are valued, appreciated, and most of all not forgotten, can have huge positive benefits. For this reason, we were delighted to support Southern Housing Group’s Christmas hamper project, which is another example of how the Group works flexibly and imaginatively to break down barriers that might otherwise keep residents isolated and excluded.”
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Mary Weeks Communications Manager Southern Housing Group 0207 553 6841