We’re proud to have been associated this Christmas with Gloucestershire-based CCP’s annual Hamper Scamper appeal for disadvantaged children, young people and families.
Together with our Elmbridge Court business neighbours Category Cladding and Hydrock Engineering Consultants, we donated a festive collection of Christmas treats which will help CCP this year provide family food hampers and gifts for people living locally in poverty.
“Christmas is always a special time of year but it isn’t necessarily the case for everyone,” commented Leapfrog director Stephanie Whitmore. “We’re probably all guilty of moaning about the expense of Christmas shopping, or being exasperated if we can’t find the fresh cranberries, but imagine the despair of not being able to put the basics on the table for your family, or the sadness of not receiving any gifts because your family has abandoned you.
“Working in the food and hospitality sector, here at Leapfrog this is a subject close to our hearts and we all felt strongly that we wanted to help local people in difficulty,” added Stephanie.
Hamper Scamper was set up 10 years ago as part of CCP’s on-going drive to improve the lives of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults by preventing homelessness, strengthening families and upholding rights & independence. Last year, the scheme provided 1,376 gifts for children under 16, 88 gifts for homeless young people living in supported accommodation and 384 family food hampers for people living in poverty. This year, demand has increased and CCP expects to deliver 550 Christmas food hampers and 1,500 gifts for children. CCP also relies on donations from businesses and individuals to provide approximately 1,000 food parcels throughout the year for local people in need.
“More and more people are accessing our services now than ever before, mainly because incomes cannot keep pace with the ever increasing cost of living,” said Chris Knight, CCP’s corporate and events fundraiser. “Christmas should be a happy time but unfortunately for many young people and families it’s a time of huge financial worry. We simply try to make it a bit more special for them.”
Photo: Leapfrog PR director Stephanie Whitmore (left) and account director Sarah Wheeler with some of the Hamper Scamper festive food treats collected for CCP’s 2014 Hamper Scamper appeal.