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PPM Christmas volunteering

Our fantastic PPM Team have been embracing the true Christmas spirt and giving back to our local communities by volunteering for some amazing Cumbrian charities.

PPM offer all our employees a day’s leave each year to volunteer for a charity or organisation of their choice or alternatively get involved in projects identified in our local areas that will benefit our communities and the environment.

CFM Cash for Kids – Mission Christmas

Our first stop was Mission Christmas HQ where we spent the morning with Chief Elf, Sara Oldham of CFM Cash for Kids and her wonderful team of volunteers.  It was extremely heart warming to see the thousands of gifts generously donated to the appeal which we unpacked, sorted, then made up into gift packages which will go out to families in need throughout Cumbria and South West Scotland.  

CFM Cash for Kids is a grant-giving charity helping the children that need it most across Cumbria and South West Scotland.  Their mission is to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in our communities who are affected by illness, poverty, neglect or have additional needs.  Through the Mission Christmas Appeal they aim to ensure that these children wake up with a gift and hopefully a smile on Christmas morning.  

The Mission Christmas campaign takes place every year, you can help them by donating money online or by text, or you can donate new, unwrapped gifts at B&M stores across the UK.  For full details please click HERE.  Mission Christmas caters for all ages - from babies, right up to teens - so anything that's giftable and brand new (still in packaging) can be donated. Toys, games and health and beauty gift sets are all perfect gifts.  

Maria, a member of our team from our PPM Head Office who was volunteering said "To be able to help such an amazing appeal, even in the smallest way, was both a rewarding and thought provoking experience. It was heart warming to learn that so many people are so generous with not only their donations but also their time".

West Cumbria Rivers Trust

We then had a complete change of scenery volunteering with the amazing team at West Cumbria Rivers Trust and the other brilliant volunteers from their Glenderamackin Volunteer Group.

It was very wet and muddy but absolutely worth it to know the wonderful benefits the new mixed hedgerow we helped plant will have to the environment & local community.

The planting completed helps towards the Trusts major 'Restoring the Derwent' project which aims to work with local people, farmers, landowners and partner organisations to deliver a suite of measures to provide multiple environmental benefits, including to slow the flow and reduce flood risk downstream and to improve water quality and biodiversity in the Glenderamackin catchment.

To learn more about the West Cumbria Rivers Trust, please click HERE.

Barrow Foodbank 

To finish off the week we were in South Lakeland with the Barrow Foodbank.  The fantastic team there manage, organise and distribute the incredibly generous donations from local people and organisations, to help feed people in crisis across South West Cumbria, which includes Barrow, Ulverston and Millom.

Every day people in this area go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.  Barrow Foodbank provides a minimum of three days' emergency food and support to local people experiencing crisis.  The foodbank relies on the support of the local community through volunteering, food donations and fundraising to be able to continue their work.

It was an extremely busy day for donations coming in when we were there, which was fantastic to see, our volunteering included weighing and sorting these donations whilst others collected and delivered donations, packed food parcels, welcomed people to the foodbank, prepared refreshments, liaised with local organisations and companies and other essential administration duties.  

It's such a welcoming group who have the foodbank running like a well oiled machine.

Our South Lakes operative, Mark, worked like a trojan on the day.  He said "As a local person, I really didn't realise how much support the foodbank provides to the local community.  It wasn't what I expected at all and I am shocked at the volumes of food that they deal with and the organisation that goes into the whole process.  It really is amazing what they do there.  I thoroughly enjoyed my day and would definitely do it again".

To find out more about the Barrow Foodbank, please click HERE


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