Staff help wrap presents for borough’s hard-up families

Staff helped wrap presents at the Beacon Food Bank
Staff helped wrap presents at the Beacon Food Bank
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STAFF from three local businesses rounded off their volunteering programme by supporting the Beacon Food Bank, based in the Meridian Centre, Havant.

The Beacon Food Bank supports individuals and families across Havant Borough by providing food parcels in times of crisis.

Volunteers from Pfizer, SSE and Barclays helped wrap presents ready to distribute to families who have fallen on hard times.

All the items have been donated through Wave 105.

Ruth Scott, manager of the Beacon Food Bank, said: ‘We helped more than 2,000 individuals last financial year and without the help of the public and businesses we couldn’t do that.

‘At Christmas time we get asked to assist the most needy of the families in our borough and it is a privilege to be able to help.

‘Pfizer has donated £2,000 towards our Christmas hampers and 17 volunteers from their Havant site have come to help us wrap presents, plan our delivery schedule and take the hampers out to the families who are eagerly waiting for them.

‘These hampers make all the difference to families who are stretched to the limit and facing multiple challenges.

‘Together we bring a little fun and lightness into otherwise very challenging circumstances.

‘It’s great to work together with businesses like Pfizer who are so committed to helping people in their local community. We certainly couldn’t do it without them.’

The employees enjoyed giving back to the community.

Heather Reynolds from Pfizer said: ‘At work we make a difference with medicine, but the volunteering we’re doing today makes a difference to those who aren’t ill, but still need support. The work the Beacon Food Bank does has a huge impact on the community and we’re very grateful to Pfizer who give us the time off to help.’

If you are a business that would like to get involved in the employee volunteering scheme and help support local charities, contact Janet Duggan from Community First at or telephone 0300 500 8085 ext 9722.