National Windscreens in the South West will provide a happier Christmas for a number of disadvantaged families this year with a donation of more than 230 toys.
Staff from National Windscreens’ regional headquarters in Bristol delivered the gifts to the Fishponds office of children’s charity Barnardo’s yesterday following a toy donation initiative supported by employees and suppliers.
The presents will be shared with services across the region where families would otherwise have struggled to afford a festive celebration.
Barnardo’s was presented with the donation by Natalie Howitt, Nicky Coetsee and Rebecca Teague.
Nicky said: “Around 80 members of staff took part in the collection and were joined by some of their own children who spent their pocket money on toys for the less fortunate. It’s more personal than donating money and reminds us that Christmas is about giving.
One colleague took his own children shopping for the toys so that on Christmas Day they would remember what they had bought for others.
“It’s a really nice way of sharing a bit of Christmas spirit with young people who need some sunshine in their lives.”
Barnardo’s Regional Director, Hugh Sherriffe said: “We are sincerely grateful for this generous donation and would like to thank everyone who took part in the collection.
“There are many families who cannot afford to celebrate Christmas this year, but these gifts will help them to realise that they are not alone and they have not been forgotten.”
Barnardo’s works with children and young people who are challenged by poverty, abuse, disability and discrimination. Visit www.barnardos.org.uk to find out more.
National Windscreens and its staff around the UK support a number of charities throughout the year – find out more.