In the spirit of the season of giving, over the course of December teams across FPS have been doing their bit for charity. While the festive period brings joy for many, it is important to remember that there are people less fortunate than ourselves who can benefit from our charitable activities. So, here is a quick summary of how much we have managed to raise this Christmas.
Once again, we got involved in Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day. Friday the 15th December saw some fantastic festive knitwear arrive at our branches all over the UK. We were delighted to get involved in the daftest, woolliest day of the year and to be able to raise over £200 for the charity. Everyone who contributed £1 to take part in this year’s silliness could have made the difference between a hot meal or no meal for a child. Donations will help to bring essential healthcare, education, protection and food to children around the world who are missing out on these basics.
This year we also got involved in Cash for Kids Mission Christmas. As we all know, Christmas is a wonderful time of year, bringing the chance for friends and family to come together to celebrate. For some, however, the cost of the celebrations sees struggling families unable to afford Christmas. You may have heard the latest statistics that state that 1 in 3 children are currently living in poverty. For these children, presents are a luxury their families simply cannot afford. To combat this, last year the charity’s toy appeal generated more than £21 million in gifts and donations, which were distributed to over 560,000 children.
Our Team at our Sheffield Branch in their Christmas jumpers.
We asked colleagues at our Stratford Admin Centre to donate what they would have spent on Christmas cards for their teammates, raising over £350 for the cause. We used the money to buy toys at B&M in Stratford-upon-Avon, who were collecting donations for the appeal.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our fundraising efforts this December. We’d like to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and a very Happy New Year.