FESTIVE - HRBS MencapOur member companies and their employee volunteers brought Christmas cheer to children and people of all ages across the counties in a series of Festive Challenges. The Festive Challenges saw the volunteers put on parties, Christmas lunches, wrapping presents for children and other treats for hundreds of people during December.

There were  twenty four Festive Challenges this year. The accountants Grant Thornton, the lawyers Nelsons and volunteers from National Grid and Office Depot all wrapped presents for Toys on the Table, the annual campaign to ensure that children living in homeless hostels, refuges or simply living in poverty receive a gift on Christmas Day.

Volunteers from Office Depot threw a party featuring Santa, crafts and gifts at the Beaumont Leys nursery Muddy Boots run by the Children’s Links charity.

“Muddy Boots Nursery serves the Beaumont Leys and Abbey wards in Leicester and almost half of the area ranks as being in the 10 per cent most deprived in England.

“Being picked as one of the recipients of a Festive Challenge was a fantastic opportunity for us to ensure that all our children could attend at least one Christmas party with games and activities and have a special visit from Santa. Everyone at Muddy Boots is really grateful to both Leicestershire Cares and Office Depot.” Anita Gardiner, Muddy Boots Nursery Manager

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Leicestershire Cares and representing Office Depot on such a worthwhile project.”Lisa Brown, Office Depot Charity Commission chair, said:

In Hinckley, volunteers from Hinckley & Rugby Building Society put on a Christmas party for Mencap. Remploy volunteers filled and wrapped shoeboxes for the homeless with residents of Vista’s New Wycliffe Home in Rushey Mead who have dementia. Also at New Wycliffe, staff from the manufacturer Nylacast ran an afternoon of festive activities, including Christmas bingo.

Access Group put on a party and disco for the adults with learning disabilities at Glebe House in Leicester. Rutland firm CS Ellis welcomed a group from Age UK to its offices for a Christmas lunch.

Staff from the Kettleby Foods factory in Melton supported the Bridge View carol service at St Mary’s Church. And the motor retail group Sytner welcomed the Age UK Orchid Group for a lunch with carol singing led by employees at its HQ.

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