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“Social Santa” sees local businesses spread festive cheer for older people in Nottingham

“Social Santa” sees local businesses spread festive cheer for older people in Nottingham

A group of Nottingham businesses have come together to help safely deliver Christmas hampers to the city’s older residents by partnering with Nottingham and Notts Elders' Forum.

Led by Right At Home Nottingham, which supports people in their own homes with regular visits from their dedicated Team of CareGivers, the campaign will see a number of local firms donating food, drink and other items to the charity which aims to improve the lives of older people in the city.

Right At Home Nottingham will be delivering the hampers in the days leading up to Christmas and will be joined by local businesses including Cema Vending, Pinnacle Safety, Mrs Bunn’s Cob Emporium, Birds Bakery, Trent Bridge Community Trust, You Pick We Mix, Blueprint Graphics and The Red Penguin Group Ltd.

Christopher Tansley, managing director of Right at Home Nottingham explains: "We all know that this year has been one like no other and that at this time of the year, loneliness can be a major issue for so many people, especially for some of the older members of society and even more so with the current restrictions we all face. We also have a responsibility to mingle and jingle safely this Christmas and follow the guidance keeping our loved ones safe.

"Our CareGivers will be supporting people in their own homes across the festive season and helping to enhance their general wellbeing with our regular visits. So we thought that we might be able to help spread a little cheer to more isolated elderly people by teaming up with the wonderful team at Nottingham and Notts Elders' Forum and some like-minded local businesses. We are all so grateful for every donation we have received. Here’s hoping we can play a small role in making a difference."

Nottingham and Notts Elders' Forum is a non-political, proactive and independent voluntary organisation that endeavours to confront and challenge policies that adversely affect the elderly.

Secretary Glenise Martin comments: "Our aim is to create a mechanism that ensures that the voices of older people are heard, and their needs and aspirations are acted upon, when decisions are being made about current and future services that affect them.

"The Forum is not affiliated or financed by any other organisation, council or government body, and as it does not charge older people to be members, has to find various means of funding which is especially hard in today's financial climate. Therefore, any extra support we can get from members of the public or local businesses such as Right At Home Nottingham and the fantastic companies that have come on board with the campaign is very welcome."

Cema Vending’s Ian Perry concludes: "When we heard about Christopher’s idea to support Nottingham and Notts Elders' Forum we were very keen to get involved in any way we can. We know how this year has affected the lives and wellbeing of so many people and sadly that will certainly be the case for some older members of society. This is a great initiative and one we support wholeheartedly."


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