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Sanctuary staff help bring Christmas cheer to families

1 December 2016

Sanctuary Housing staff in Ipswich have been lending a helping hand to support families in need this Christmas.

Employees from the leading housing provider joined a host of other volunteers to pack more than 1,000 hampers for local charity FIND which will be distributed to homes across the town over the festive period.

The hampers contain basic non-perishable foods, as well as boxes of biscuits and Christmas presents, and are in addition to the food bank service provided by FIND throughout the year.

Staff at Sanctuary’s Ipswich office, in Whitehouse Road, have also donated to the food bank and will be further supporting the charity by donating money instead of sending Christmas cards to colleagues.

Sanctuary has worked with FIND for a number of years, referring residents to the charity who are in need of support.

FIND, which was founded in 1990 by Maureen Reynel MBE and is run solely by volunteers, provides emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession in the Ipswich area.

Mitchell Billing, housing officer for Sanctuary in Ipswich, said: “Everybody enjoyed spending time packing the hampers, knowing they will be helping families this Christmas.

“This is the second year our staff have volunteered to support the charity and we look forward to being able to do so again in the future.”

Maureen Reynel MBE said: “We have a good relationship with Sanctuary and it’s great that their staff are able to give something back by helping us at Christmas, and we thank them for that.

“It’s really good to know there are people who are prepared to roll their sleeves up to help others less fortunate than themselves.”


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