Compass Group who are one of the UK’s top catering, hospitality, and business support providers, based in Chertsey, have been helping the local homeless with the donation of rucksacks.
Megan at Just a Helping Hand told us
“To have this amazing donation of rucksacks is honestly just incredible, and we are truly grateful.
We have many distributors who issue rucksacks to those who need them most. One such group is women who are released from prison. Many of these women being released are homeless and some come from domestic abuse situations. We take this into account when filling these rucksacks.
Can you imagine the feelings of these women when they open their rucksack and find such lovely things as a wash bag filled with deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, nail file, and lip balm. But there is much more – including a pack of new socks and underwear, a flask (with refill information for free at local outlets), hat, scarf and gloves, meal vouchers, and a small Bible.
Such an act of kindness makes such a difference to them from both a practical and an emotional point of view. It has been said to us that such generosity from a stranger provides a real sense of being cared for and thought about. This can ease anxiety, provide hope, help with depression and even remove thoughts of suicide”
Confronted with a global pandemic many local corporates have been responsive, engaged and extremely generous looking into ways to keep their CSR going and making sure they are still engaged and helping the local community.
Local businesses including Enterprise Rent a Car in Egham, ADP Chertsey, Compass Chertsey. Alcon Camberley, Enterprise Aldershot, Spirit Energy, Visa and CHEP Addlestone have donated over 900 Christmas gifts to charities in Surrey Heath, Runnymede and Spelthorne.
Besides the gifts several local corporates have donated over £12,000 to local charities across the boroughs. Recipients include the Runnymede Foodbank who received £2,500 for Tesco Vouchers and Just a Helping Hand who received £1,450 to help the homeless in Runnymede. Alcon Eye Care Specialists in Camberley bought and filled over 100 rucksacks for The Hope Hub and Spirit Energy in Spelthorne have bought and filled arts and craft bags for children in Foster Care in Surrey.
With many elderly and vulnerable residents being isolated and unable to leave their homes corporates have organised zoom events to write Christmas Cards which will be delivered through the Salvation Army, Age UK Surrey and Purple Angels to lonely individuals in our community.
We want to say a big thank you to all our local businesses who are working hard to ensure that their collective effort can support those most in need this Christmas.
With the help of VM Ware Staines donation, Surplus to Supper were able to buy and pack Sunbury Community Boxes full of treats for local elderly people in isolation which were distributed with the help of Sunbury Neighbours and London Irish Rugby Club
Colleagues at ServiceNow in Staines raised £8,469 for the Runnymede Foodbank which went directly to putting food on the table for people in the local community facing financial crisis during Covid-19.
The 6 strong team from Enterprise in Egham didn't swan around when they spent a day volunteering at the Swan Sanctuary, Shepperton.
They brushed, sanded and painted the main barn windows and fascia in the Autumn sunshine.
Steve, the Sanctuary Manager was delighted with the results and thanked them all for their hard work. The Swan Sanctuary, Shepperton is a wildlife hospital dedicated to the treatment, care and rehabilitation of swans and wildfowl. As well as caring for the birds, they provide training for organisations who may find themselves faced with wildfowl casualties and educate groups of all ages in the work done by the Swan Sanctuary
Ian Goodchild Centre (First Floor), Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY
6 The Sainsbury Centre, Chertsey,
Staines Library (First Floor), Friends Walk, Staines TW18 4PG