The team packed more than 30 bags, containing everything from teabags and tinned vegetables to biscuits and toothpaste, for Leeds based charity, Homeless Hampers to distribute to the homeless and less fortunate communities across Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield.
We also hosted a Christmas jumper day across its 20 North and West Yorkshire offices to raise additional funds for Homeless Hampers, which provides hampers of essentials to people in shelters or on the streets, as well as boosting engagement with those in need.
This is the latest initiative that we have held for Homeless Hampers, after our Burley in Wharfedale office created 40 hampers and donated refillable water bottles earlier last year.
We also support the charity’s campaign encouraging home movers, along with anyone else in Yorkshire, to donate unwanted furniture and electrical appliances, so they can be given a new lease of life by someone in need.
Ben Hollings, from our Skipton office, said: “We are always keen to support local charities that make a genuine difference to people’s lives and with several of our other offices already working with Homeless Hampers, we decided Christmas was the perfect time for our Skipton team to get involved as well.
“We collected a vast range of food staples and toiletries and packed them all into hampers so that the charity could immediately distribute them. Hopefully they will help to bring some festive cheer to people in need, as well as highlighting that they’re not forgotten and we’re already looking at how we can continue to support Homeless Hampers in 2024.”
Tina Suryavansi, from Homeless Hampers said: “It makes a difference when companies like Dacres collect and donate food, as it means we can pull together even more food parcels than usual. We already have various companies that support us regularly, whether that be donating food and drink, offering drop-off points, or allowing us to store our donations in a secure place – but we are always keen to find more! Individuals can also help by attending the weekly outreaches or organising collections, and we are also always looking for people who are willing to spend time with our service users, filling in forms for example.”
Dacres also previously made two significant financial donations to Saint Michael’s Hospice and The Immanuel Project, a Bradford-based charity that helps vulnerable and homeless people.