The Christmas season is nearly upon us and you may have already purchased an array of gifts for your loved ones or be leaving it until the last minute!

For some the greatest gift this Christmas could be as simple as a hot meal on the table. One of the local charities we support is “Feeding Birkenhead” which aims to provide food to those in need within the Birkenhead area.

Many of us take it for granted that we will kick start our day with a nutritional breakfast but some people aren’t so lucky.

Find out about some of the great work the charity does and why it is a cause close to our hearts.

The charity was initiated by Frank Fields (MP for Birkenhead) after a national parliamentary inquiry into hunger found that the Birkenhead area was one of the worst in the UK. The local community relies heavily on food banks and only  7% of children attend school each morning after eating breakfast.

The ‘Feeding Birkenhead’’ charity provide food to churches and schools to ensure the local community start each day with a nutritional breakfast. The charity aims to help every school within the area provide pupils with a free breakfast .

With children in our very own community attending school each day without receiving breakfast, we feel passionate to support the charity to ensure these children begin their day with a nutritional breakfast.

What has the charity been up to recently?

Half term can be one of the worst times for children in the area in terms of getting the food they need and keeping off the streets. St James’ Community Centre have set up free sporting clubs such as football, basketball and netball and even cooking lessons for teenagers to keep them entertained and out of trouble.

Tranmere Community Centre is part of a much bigger project where they operate as a school for children outside of mainstream schools . The Tranmere Community Project recently ran a play and eat week where they managed to feed 98 children over 3 days as well as providing a sports cage and 4 sports coaches each day. Some of the activities included football, dodge ball, basketball, dance, face painting, board games and colouring and painting sessions.

The Tranmere Community Project is also planning to build a playground area for the teenagers of the school along with allotments for them to work on. Any unwanted foods are donated to the local food banks as well as children’s toys that will be used for the toddlers messy play sessions.

How we have helped to support Feeding Birkenhead so far…

We actively encourage our employees to take part in charity events and hold regular dress down days, cake sales, raffles and blind auctions to help raise money for the charity. As a company we have pledged to match all monies raised on these days in support of our chosen charities. We also support and sponsor employees taking part in fundraising activities outside of work.

To date we have raised a collective £1,704 towards Feeding Birkenhead and donated the money to our local centres; The St James’ Centre and The Tranmere Community Project.
Get in touch [insert link to info@ email address] with us to find out how you can help support this great cause.

Continuing the Christmas theme…

To raise more money for our chosen charities some of us will be participating in the Santa Dash in Liverpool on Sunday 6th December. Anyone can take part in The Santa Dash, whether you want to walk or run it. So if you fancy supporting a good cause by dashing through Liverpool in a Santa suit sign up at www.santadash.co.uk and watch out for some funny photos from this year’s event over the next few weeks.

 

By Frzana Ferguson