Children and young people who have been affected by crime had an extra present to open on Christmas Day thanks to a gift drive by Kier Living Eastern.
Kier staff and subcontractors contributed a huge variety of toys including superhero figures, Lego and colouring books to Family Action. The charity is one of a number of organisations which make up the Cambridgeshire Police Victim and Witness Hub, a specialist service that helps people recover from their experiences of crime. Family Action supports the younger service users alongside Specialist Children and Young People’s Worker Jaime Andrew.
In addition, the house builder received cash donations from its contractors, gathering a fantastic £850. Benefactors were AD Bly Construction, Clifton Plastering, Flahive Brickwork, JER Construction and SMH Plastering; Lysander Scaffolding and Extreme Scaffolding Services also made a donation of toys to the appeal.
Nick Moore, UK Managing Director for Kier Living, said: “Once again, colleagues across the business and our contractors have shown the true meaning of Christmas through their generosity. We are so pleased that children who have been through turbulent times received a little extra cheer through our toy donation, and that we can also give Family Action a financial boost. It is a truly fantastic charity which we are honoured to support.”
Tracy Foster, Family Action’s Project Manager for Cambridgeshire Police Victim and Witness Hub, said: “We are very grateful to Kier Ling Eastern and their staff for their kindness and generosity. The presents they have donated were delivered to children and young people who we are supporting through this service. They helped to make Christmas that little bit more special for them.”
Jaime Andrew, whose specialist role is funded by the Cambridgeshire Police Crime Commissioner, said: “The donations made by Kier Living Eastern have been absolutely amazing and made such a difference to the children and young people that I support this Christmas. Some have been through some very harrowing and traumatic times, so receiving these gifts will have brought ome cheer to what has otherwise been a challenging year. I cannot thank Kier Living and their colleagues enough for their donations.”
It is the third year Kier Living Eastern has donated toys to worthy causes. In 2017, children with learning disabilities were presented with goodies at Orchard House and The Beeches, two residential homes in Peterborough.
Meanwhile, young inpatients at the oncology and haematology department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital enjoyed plenty of gifts in 2018 thanks to Kier Living.