|07 January 2022
Dear friends at National Business College
Thank you very much for your recent donation to our food bank, your support and thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.
December 2021 was our busiest ever month, supporting 1,231 people of which 431 were children. Sadly, since July 2020 the number of children we are supporting has more than doubled as more families are finding themselves in poverty. We are working hard to support these families, not only with food packs but through our advice and support service.
Before Christmas we helped Martina, when her circumstances changed.
Martina was referred to The Welcome Centre for a food pack via her support worker. When Martina arrived to collect her pack, she was greeted by one of our Advice, Guidance and Support volunteers who chatted to her about what other help we might be able to offer.
She had recently received full custody of her grandson and he’d moved in but she had very little for him.
She was referred to Charlie, our Deputy Advice Manager, who explained our grant service and together they completed an application to buy her grandson a new bed and mattress.
With Christmas fast approaching and understanding the difficulties Martina was facing, Charlie asked how they would be celebrating Christmas.
I had recently moved and had left behind lots of items in my attic, including my old Christmas tree. I couldn’t afford to spend what little I had on a new one.
Charlie sourced a tree and trimmings for Martina from generous donations within the community. Martina and her grandson were so happy and amazed at all the help they had received. The best was still to come though. The Welcome Centre had received a large donation of new toys from a local group of businesses. Charlie called Martina to see if she had been able to afford any Christmas gifts for her grandson, which she sadly said she hadn’t. The Welcome Centre gave Martina a brand-new Lego set, books and chocolates for her grandson to open on Christmas day.
The Welcome Centre’s generosity and support has really made our Christmas.
Why not watch our latest video and see how your donation will make a difference
We hope you and your loved ones had a healthy and happy Christmas. Please pass on our thanks to everyone that took part and donated an item. The photos were great!
The Welcome Centre Huddersfield