Local businesses bring Christmas cheer to isolated with gift hampers 10 years running

By - Wednesday 21st December, 2016

Croydon Commitment is celebrating a decade of partnership with Croydon Neighbourhood Care to produce Christmas hampers for the vulnerable, with 450 being distributed last week. Croydon Commitment works with local businesses to connect them with the charitable sector.

Photo by Croydon Commitment, used with permission.


Release begins: Local companies have donated hundreds of items toward gift hampers for over 400 isolated elderly residents in Croydon.

450 hampers were made, containing chocolates, mince pies, Christmas pudding, tea, coffee, Christmas crackers and other festive treats. These were distributed by Croydon Neighbourhood Care to 23 Neighbourhood Care and community groups for older people across the borough. Among these organisations are UNACC, Parchmore, NAGS, Shirley NC and Selsdon Contact. These groups work with some of the most socially isolated and hard to reach elderly people in the borough, providing support and care.

Approximately 300-400 of each item was donated by Crystal Palace Football Club, Waitrose, Allianz Global Assistance, Mott MacDonald, Enterprise UK, Hilton Croydon and residents from Whitgift House. Items were collected and delivered to Croydon Neighbourhood Care offices at Davidson Lodge by Circuit Cars. The Croydon cab company has volunteered with this project five years in a row.

One Whitgift Care resident has said, “I was very pleased to take part in this year’s Christmas Hamper project. At this time of year especially, it is always good to give to those in need.”

Items were carefully packed into 450 Waitrose Christmas bags by volunteers from the Pension Protection Fund and Allianz Global Assistance.

Croydon Commitment, a charity that engages businesses with Croydon’ s voluntary sector and local community have worked in partnership with Croydon Neighbourhood Care, organising support for this project every Christmas for almost 10 years.

Howard Lewis, Director of Circuit Cars said “Croydon Commitment is in our opinion a great charity partner for HML Circuit Cars to work alongside. We were delighted to be asked to help out with the Croydon Neighbourhood care collections again for the fifth year in a row. To work in partnership with an organisation that really helps to bring a smile to so many people over the Christmas period was an honour for us.”

Sue McVicker, CEO of Croydon Neighbour Care said, “many of the people receiving these Christmas bags, live alone and are housebound, they are the most vulnerable residents in the borough, the average age of the recipients is 85 years old. They are supported throughout the year by Neighbourhood Care charities across the borough, they attend lunch clubs and are befriended amongst many other services. Much of this work is carried out by volunteers, but would not be possible without the financial support of Croydon Council. By working together in partnership, we are able to support these vulnerable residents, the bags and their contents are always gratefully received. A huge thank you to all of the donators, without their generosity, we would not be able to provide the bags.”

CNCA is an umbrella charity, working to meet the needs of isolated, vulnerable and frail people within the borough. They support local Neighbourhood Care Associations (our member groups) and provide services and advice to adults within Croydon. Find out more on www.cnca.org.uk

Croydon Commitment is a registered charity responsible for engaging Croydon stakeholders in partnership working across the business and charity sectors through shared Corporate Social Responsibility activity. Find out more www.croydoncommitment.org.uk

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon Commitment.



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