Over the past week, colleagues at Solihull have been kicking off our 12 Days of Christmas charity donations, visiting five fantastic charities in the local area.
Thanks to the incredible donations from people across the plant, we'll be supporting 12 charities with a total of £12,000 this Christmas.
Teams from Solihull have been kicking off the festivities by paying a visit to the charities in order to learn more about the vital work they do:
Entraide Mutual Aid
Colleagues from Solihull's Off-track Area started the week by paying a visit to Entraide Mutual Aid. Based in Chelmsley Wood's Three Trees community centre, Entraide helps refugees, asylum-seekers and other migrants in the West Midlands by aiding their integration into society. The organisation supports around 450 people in the local area, signposting refugees, asylum seekers to the get the support they need to make a life for themselves in the UK. As well as the cash donation, the team from OTA held a local collection of toiletries which was gratefully received.
Age UK Solihull
Age UK Solihull provides services to improve the health, wellbeing, independence and quality of life for older people in Solihull. Colleagues from Solihull's Finance team headed over to Age UK last week to deliver the cheque along with boxes of biscuits, chocolates and hamper ingredients to be distributed as Christmas gifts for older people in our community.
Kingshurst Caterpillars CIO
Kinghurst Caterpillars is a community pre-school playgroup for up to 40 children, provides a stimulating environment for 2-3 year olds from low income or disadvantaged background to learn social skills and develop confidence ready for school. Colleagues from SPQ, MP&L and DHL attended the playgroup to find out more about the charity - and take part in a pretend snowball fight!
Cameron Grant Memorial Trust
This trust raises awareness of young suicide, promotes good mental health and provides supportive activities for those affected, in honour of 21-year-old Cameron who sadly took his own life in 2014. The FA1 team went to visit the charity to learn about the support they offer and discuss how we can hold positive discussions around mental health here at Solihull.
Many people will be familiar with the work of the Samaritans charity, which provides support for anyone struggling with mental health issues 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our PQ team paid a visit to the charity to find out more about the hard work and dedication of the team in Solihull.
Thank you for your generosity in supporting these worthwhile causes. Check back next week to see what other charities your 12 Days of Christmas donations will be helping.