60 families in Rubery enjoy Christmas

Posted on: 21 Dec 20

Following a festive appeal, in November, for donations towards a housing estate based in Rubery, Trident Reach’s Deelands Hall Community Centre would like to thank everyone that donated in excess of £4,500 for 60 families that will now be able to enjoy their Christmas.

Within 3 weeks, the local community centre received £2740 in cash donations, donations of cleaning products worth almost a £1000, as well as wrapped presents and selection boxes to the value £400. Morrisons, in Rubery, gave the community centre a further 15% discount when shopping for hampers which went on to equate to a saving of £375, giving the team a total of £4515 in donations.

Last week, 60 families on the Cock Hill estate received hampers of festive food, vital cleaning products and presents for children to open on Christmas day.

Resident, Linda, on the estate said: “I can’t explain how totally gobsmacked by the hamper today, it means so much to me and I want to thank Bernie and everyone else who were involved with saving Christmas for so many of us. Bernie has worked so hard to understand everyone’s needs and interacted with everyone. In such an awful year you have made such a difference to so many of our lives.”

Another local resident said: “Bernie McFall and her team at Deelands Hall have pulled out all the stops to make not only Christmas but the end of 2020 more bearable. As a grateful member of the community and local resident of 20+ years, I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation for the generosity for the food hamper and cleaning products that I and my family have received.

I lost my job due to medical circumstances and now unable to work due to ailments and ongoing medical issues. As a single parent who has been in employment since leaving school, Bernie has helped me to sort out the benefits that I am entitled to, when I did not have a clue where to go or who to ask for help and advice.

What I really want to say is that Bernie and her team from Deelands Hall have already made 2020 a good year for me and my family. They’ve now ensured an enjoyable end to the year for us all with gifting us all with a Christmas hamper and cleaning products to keep our homes coronavirus safe as possible.”

Bernie McFall, Social and Community Engagement Manager at Deelands Hall, and her team of volunteers would like to thank all those who donated individually to the cause as well as the following for their generous donations:

  • Engie Construction
  • Principal Hygiene
  • Morrisons in Rubery
  • Birmingham Harley Davidson Chapter
  • Sally, Faye, Karen, Cherise and their families

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