Community groups benefit from contractor’s 12 deeds of Christmas
Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Activities organiser at Hadrian Court, Billingham, Karen Young receives her gifts of appreciation from Gill Sweeney at Keepmoat, right; watched by, from left, residents, Rosetta Forbes; Violet Richardson and Olive Ainsley, and Keepmoat Quantity Surveyor S
A host of North East companies and community groups have benefitted from a variety of special Christmas donations thanks to a local contractor.
Housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat has launched its 12 deeds of Christmas initiative, which aims to help local communities by making donations for worthy causes.
Keepmoat invited its clients to nominate deserving community groups and explain what good deed was required and why they were being nominated. Staff from Keepmoat identified the twelve organisations that they would like to support and started delivering the deeds last week.
Donations of Christmas trees, hampers and prizes for raffles were requested and gratefully received by local community groups across the communities where Keepmoat is currently working.
Pelton Community Centre in Chester-le-Street, County Durham was presented with a 7ft real Christmas tree after its centre manager requested the deed for everyone at the centre to see and enjoy. Keepmoat is currently working in the Chester-le-Street area carrying out roofing works to homes on behalf of social landlord, Cestria Community Housing.
Clare Foreman, Centre Manager at Pelton Community Centre, said: “I requested a real tree to go in our main hall in preparation for our Christmas lunches, dances, parties, events and Christmas fair. We are delighted that Keepmoat has donated a real tree for all our volunteers, local families and community members to enjoy, thank you.”
Meanwhile, Annfield Plain Junior School in Stanley, County Durham was also presented with a 6ft real Christmas tree. Headteacher Inex Burgess, said: “What a great idea the 12 deeds of Christmas is and on behalf of all the pupils and teachers at the school, I would like to thank Keepmoat for this kind donation.
“Most children only have artificial trees so to receive a real tree will remind pupils of the tradition of Christmas of having a real tree and looking after it. We also hope to find a use for the tree after Christmas by putting it in the school grounds but if not, we will recycle it which will be a good learning point for the children.”
Also receiving one of the 12 deeds of Christmas was the activities and events co-ordinator at Hadrian Park Care Home in Billingham. Karen Young of High Grange, Billingham, has worked at the care home for the last seven years and was nominated by residents to show their appreciation for her dedication and fundraising efforts throughout the year.
Karen organises many different activities and has set up a resident comfort fund to help contribute towards the costs of organising these events. Fundraising events throughout the year have included fancy dress and a sponsored bike ride.
Karen was presented with a bouquet of flowers, chocolates and a bottle of champagne by Keepmoat and said: “I feel overwhelmed and really appreciate that the residents have acknowledged me for the work that I have done throughout the year. By being awarded one of the 12 deeds, it feels like all the hard work has paid off.”
The Murton Salvation Army and Dawdon Community Centre, both in Seaham, were presented with Christmas hampers on behalf of the East Durham Homes partnership.
Paul Mains, East Durham Homes’ Interim Chief Executive said: “We nominated these two groups because of all the good work they do in the community. The ’12 deeds’ initiative is a great way of rewarding those who continually give something back and it was a pleasure to put these two very deserving groups forward for an extra Christmas treat.”
Mark Kearney, Operations Director at Keepmoat said, “The 12 deeds of Christmas initiative is our way of helping and supporting local community groups and organisations in the areas where we work. These companies work tirelessly for their communities and it was worthwhile to see how these donations have put a smile on the faces of those that really deserve it this Christmas.”
Other organisations and community groups that have been presented with deeds include Port Clarence Primary School in Middlesbrough, who were given raffle prizes, and the Norton Grange Pensioners, who received raffle prizes to raise funds for their Christmas party. A match day football was also presented to a local football team in Port Clarence, Middlesbrough.