Rochdale businesses get behind Community Christmas Fund

Date published: 21 December 2018

Fifteen local businesses answered the call to support the RBH Community Christmas Fund to provide festive extras for over 160 adults and children in the Rochdale area.

The Fund provides a seasonal surprise for vulnerable and isolated tenants, as well as people in local homeless accommodation. Festive visits were also made to independent living schemes for older people around the borough, and a local centre for adults with learning and physical disabilities. 

Sue Kershaw, Membership Manager at RBH, said: “Through the generosity of contractors, suppliers, local retailers and colleagues we were able to make our biggest ever distribution of festive surprises. The donations not only support people now but will continue to help some of the most vulnerable customers by providing essential toiletries and other items in the New Year.”

Almost 50 people were involved in the packing, delivering and carol singing in the lead up to Christmas and the response from recipients has been heart-warming. A Wardle man rang RBH to say sincere thanks to the person who nominated him and delivered his gift. These hundreds of little actions add up to a big effect on the lives of those who can do with a boost.

As well as the surprise gifts, the Community Christmas Fund also provided mince pies and mulled wine for older residents at the independent living schemes as they were entertained by volunteer carollers and musicians.

The generous local businesses all have a strong connection with the area and were more than happy to support the Community Christmas Fund with a wide range of donations.

The superstar supporters are: BT Connect, Emanuel Whitaker, F Wainwright and Co, Groundwork Landscapes Ltd, GTM Electrical Services, Heywood Scaffolding Services, Kirona Central Networks, Lancashire Lock and Safe Company Ltd, Milam Ltd, Poole Dick Associates, Sure Maintenance, Tesco, Triad Steel Security Solutions, Westhoughton Roofing, Wynsors World of Shoes.

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