5.12.21 | Charity

Charity begins at home

Christmas spirit alive and kicking. 

It’s great to report on two local organisations spreading some Christmas cheer in their support of others.

Following Felixstowe Port Users’ Association decision to cancel its Christmas Charity Ball due to the upsurge in Covid cases, many members who were planning to attend generously donated their booking fee for the association to pass on to a good cause.

This big-heartedness enabled FPUA to donate £2,850 to Home-Start in Suffolk. Jason Flower, chair of the FPUA, says: “This charity does amazing things supporting local families as they navigate challenges ranging from isolation, bereavement, mental health issues, illness and domestic abuse.”*

Support of Home-Start in Suffolk brings the 2021 donations to local causes by the FPUA to over £10,000, following its hugely successful September charity golf day.

Keeping its charitable support very close to home, VKVP Haulage visited Langer Primary Academy, just around the corner from its Walton Avenue site. The haulier delivered gloves, hats and chocolate selection boxes to each of the 140 children, as well as over 50 arts and craft packs and a well-earned box of chocolates for each member of staff.

Mark Bennett of VKVP says: “With the recent drop in temperatures, we’d heard from the school deputy head that many of the children needed a hat to keep them warm and that some didn’t have an advent calendar to enjoy at home. So, we got on the case and put some Santa sacks together for the pupils to enjoy.

“Whilst we’re all busy dealing with work’s day-to-day challenges, it’s important we don’t forget to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer, and the smile on the children’s faces when we visited were just priceless.”

If you’ve got a great Christmas story to share – drop us a line at hello@porttalk.co.uk, and we’ll happily share it on our social media.

*Information on the work of Home-Start in Suffolk can be found here.

Image, L-R: Mark Bennett, operations director at VKVP Haulage, Lucy Beston, deputy head at Langer Primary Academy and two pupils receiving their gifts.