Staff from Bexhill's largest employer, Hastings Direct, have been working with two local charities — EFT and Surviving Christmas to help make Christmas special for many local families and vulnerable adults.
Staff have personally donated four supermarket trolleys of food and presents to be distributed through the local charity Surviving Christmas. In the last week running up to the big day, Hastings Direct staff will be donating their time to pack the Christmas boxes for delivery and to wrap presents for local children whom might otherwise go without. Surviving Christmas will be hosting a two day event serving Christmas dinners on Christmas Day and Boxing Day — staff also donated their time to help prep the kitchens that will be open across this event.
Hastings Direct staff help Santa wrap presents
The staff also organised a monster Christmas raffle to help raises funds for both the charities which should receive just over £4,500 when all the fundraising is complete.
Jay Wootten, community liaison, Hastings Direct: "Christmas can be a grim time for those on their own, or on a fixed budget. EFT and Surviving Christmas do outstanding work to make a real difference for many people at Christmas and we are proud and delighted to be able to support their work.
"On behalf of all the management and staff, we would like to wish everyone in Bexhill a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."