Cambridge Regional College teams up with local businesses to donate 400 Christmas presents for children in care
The College has donated children’s presents to Children’s Social Care for 5 years and this year has joined forces with Anglia Revenues Partnership, Plowright Medical Centre, Taylor Vintners and Tesco’s store in Milton to reach the 400 mark.
All the presents received are given to children who receive Children’s Social Care across Cambridgeshire, including Yaxley, St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives and surrounding villages.
Adele Belham, Monitoring & Compliance Co-ordinator at Cambridge Regional College, said, “It’s heart-breaking to think of so many children going without a present on Christmas Day but with support from staff and local businesses we have managed to donate over 400 presents. It was wonderful to receive such a great response from staff and their families and we are incredibly grateful to them and to the local businesses for their very generous donations”.
Lauren Wicks, District Safeguarding Manager Huntingdonshire at the Children, Families and Adults Service said, “I would really like to thank the businesses and college for all of the gifts we have received. Everyone has been so generous and it is clear a lot of thought has gone into each present that has been bought. I am sure every present delivered will bring a smile to a child’s face and this is always really appreciated by the parents and ourselves”.
She continued, “A high number of children we work with come from families who struggle to buy their children presents at Christmas. It isn’t always easy for families to work with Social Care, so being able to do this helps relationships between some workers and the parents, which ultimately benefits the children. But of course, the biggest benefit of this scheme is how happy it makes the children”.
Both Cambridge and Huntingdon CRC campuses have been extremely active this year, working with local schools, organisations and charities on social projects within their communities. On International Volunteer Day, both campuses hosted a number of activities in association with local community groups to raise money for charity. Other projects have included building furniture for Alconbury Primary School, painting murals at Woodland Lodge Children’s Home and gift donations for the Operation Christmas Child appeal for children affected by war and famine internationally.