Instead of sending Christmas cards, we will be supporting charities in our various office locations where our teams will be contributing to and assisting in a range of initiatives in support of our local communities.
In previous years, this has included food bank collections and soup kitchens as well as purchasing much needed supplies for the homeless.
The Exeter Office are again doing a reverse Advent Calendar – which is where instead of opening up a window in an advent calendar each day, people from the office donate an item of food or toiletries. These donations will be given to the Exeter Foodbank who provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis.
Our people in the Bristol office are again collecting donations for the Bristol Northwest Foodbank, who have helped over 32 250 people in crisis with the provision of emergency food parcels, and a group of Ashfords' volunteers will be providing support at the Foodbank on the 12th December.
The London office has set up a food and clothing donation bank which is to be given to Whitechapel Mission, an organisation which aims to help the homeless gain the skills and confidence to make a difference in their lives. We are collecting monetary donations, non-perishable food items, toiletries, linens and clothing items.
The Taunton office are collecting for Taunton Open Door, who support rough sleepers and those who are in temporary accommodation, and have also put together four Christmas hampers from items donated which are being raffled to raise money for The Ashfords Foundation.