ENGIE and partners turn Santa’s little helpers to spread some Christmas cheer

AN energy and regeneration firm working with a North East housing provider has taken Christmas to heart by helping to spread some festive cheer with a bumper donation of selection boxes, pantomime tickets and a haul of presents worthy of Santa himself.

ENGIE is working on roofing and heating upgrades to properties owned by housing association Gentoo in Washington near Sunderland. Kind-hearted staff (pictured) teamed up to donate dozens of selections boxes to the Washington Community Food Project (WCFP).

The boxes are being distributed by the foodbank to families across Washington in the lead-up to Christmas as part of their regular parcels.

“The foodbank does great work throughout Washington and during working with Gentoo in the area we’ve had a first-hand look at just how much they do to help residents struggling to make ends meet,” said resident liaison officer, Maria Mumford.

“We knew we wanted to do something to support them, and the users of the foodbank, so to see ENGIE staff and our contractors band together to donate more than 500 boxes, is just wonderful and I know it will mean a lot to everyone who gets one.”

Also spreading some holiday cheer has been the team working on installing new kitchens and bathrooms in Gentoo properties across the North East. Alongside contractors, they donated more than £1,300 worth of presents so the housing association could give them out to kids as a special Christmas treat.

As well as getting donations from ENGIE staff, both of the holiday schemes were supported by contractors working with the company on the projects, including: JTL Scaffolding, John Flowers, MRM Solutions, Fortify, Thomas Connelly, Weardale Flooring, KM Electrical & K.Hewitts Plumbing. All their support meant hundreds of selection boxes were donated alongside a mammoth haul of presents.

“The holidays can be a stressful time for a lot of people, especially those who are quite restricted in terms of finance, so to be able to give a little something to the community is the least we could do and hopefully it generates a bit of Christmas cheer,” said Amy Porter, ENGIE’s CSR manager.

“I just want to thank everyone who has donated a present or a selection box, it really does make a difference and we couldn’t do it without all the support.”

As part of the ENGIE and Gentoo partnership, the businesses have also sponsored the Mendes Management’s pantomime ‘Cinderella’ which is currently running at The Exchange theatre in North Shields.

This sponsorship has allowed school and nursery children from the most deprived areas of Sunderland and Washington the chance to see a pantomime over the Christmas period.



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