Festive spirit – in face of threat

Presents gathered by DWP Norcross workers
Presents gathered by DWP Norcross workers
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WORKERS facing an uncertain future have pulled together to give others some festive cheer.

Aerospace workers at BAE Warton – where more than 850 jobs are under threat – and staff at the Department for Works and Pensions in Blackpool – involved in a battle with the Government over pay and pensions – gathered presents and essential goods for the needy and ill.

DWP workers based in Norcross donated more than 600 presents to charities including Women’s Aid, Trinity Hospice, Sure Start, Donna’s Dream House and Home Start Wyre.  

And the BAE Systems employees collected and donated more than 100 shopping bags full of tinned foods, chocolates, festive treats and basic essentials as well as second-hand toys for the Salvation Army.

Linzi Young from Brian House said: “The staff and children of the hospice would like to say a huge thank-you to each and every person who supported the toy appeal. We have been overwhelmed.”

Tina Hibbard from Women’s Aid added: “Christmas can be extra stressful and upsetting for women and their children. The generosity of DWP staff will provide some very lovely Christmas presents and contribute to making their Christmas a much happier one.”

Derek Lee from the DWP said: “It was really great to be able to help organisations in the local community at such a special time of year and in a really relevant way.”

Kathryn Taylor, BAE Warton’s charity co-ordinator, added: “Seeing first hand the families our employees have helped this Christmas has been a truly humbling experience.

“Giving a struggling parent the opportunity to give their child a teddy bear and a basic meal on Christmas Day and seeing the look on their face will stick in my mind forever.”