Christmas charity starts at home
They say Christmas is a time for giving and although there have been no signs of any snow as yet, just a few frosty nights, the festive period is well and truly upon us. Travelling around Manchester the decorations are up, the lights are on the tree and the tinsel has been hung.
At homes4u we started getting in to the Christmas spirit this year with the Withington Christmas lights turn on Friday 10th December. 350 people turned out to see the Lord Mayor of Manchester Carl Austin-Behan switch on the lights and host the night of Christmas merriment. Local councillors and MP Jeff Smith came along and food and drinks were provided by members of the Withington Civic Society.
The Lord Mayor showed his fun side in a elf jumper as he pressed the button lighting up the tree in front of our office by Withington Library. Children from the choir at Old Moat Primary School treated us to carols and there were dance performances from members of the Anne Finnegan Dance School. There was even a visit from the big man himself, Santa, who arrived on a Fire Engine. There was even snow…ok not real snow but close enough for us.
Withington really gave Whoville a run for their money, joining in with the carols, singing along to Sale Brass Band. I pretty sure I caught a glimpse of the Grinch himself sporting a grin at the back of the crowd!
Throughout December month each of our branches have been collecting gifts for Key 103’s Mission Christmas It is a simple aim for Mission Christmas and one that we think is achievable; every child should have at least one present to open at Christmas time. Thanks to two extremely generous donations this year from Rio Ferdinand of £500,000 and an anonymous donation of £650,000, this could be the year.
Christmas Jumper Day
We finished the week with Christmas Jumper Day on the 16th December. Everyone put on their colourful and itchy festive gear for Save the Children. The team donated £2 to wear their jumpers and we sold tasty festive treats to raise more money for the charity. Like the customary snack you leave out for Saint Nick on Christmas Eve, the only thing left on the plate was a dusting of icing sugar. After the proverbial ‘dust’ had settled and all the snaps had been taken, a proud contribution of £110.25 was raised by homes4u. It really was a great effort by all the team!