14 December, 2016
Over 170 presents have been donated by staff at bpha to help give children in Bedfordshire a better Christmas this year.
bpha has teamed up with the Harpur Centre and Heart Radio to take part in their Wishing Tree campaign.
Members of staff took a tag from the bpha Christmas tree showing the name and age of a child to buy a gift for in Bedfordshire.
Scores of presents were donated and have been delivered to the Harpur Centre for them to give to the children in time for Christmas.
Kevin Bolt, Chief Executive at bpha, said: “We were delighted to team up with the Harpur Centre and Heart Radio on their Wishing Tree campaign for children in Bedfordshire.
“Our staff have been very keen to support the campaign and have donated well over 170 fantastic presents that we hope will help the children have a better Christmas.”
Samantha Laycock from the Harpur Centre, said: “We would like to thank the team at bpha for supporting our Wishing Tree appeal this year.
“Due to an overwhelmingly generous response by our shoppers, Heart Radio listeners and bpha staff, we are proud to announce that thousands of gifts for underprivileged children and families in Bedfordshire will be delivered in time for Christmas.”
Our staff have also donated over 31kg in food donations to the ‘Christmas in a Box’ initiative organised by All Nationas Church in Bedford.
On Tuesday, 13 December, some bpha staff joined volunteers from the church and Bedford Foodbank to deliver 150 boxes of food that had been donated by students at Sharnbrook Middle School and our staff.
Jim Playle, Community Development Officer at bpha, said: “The Christmas in a Box initiative is a fantastic activity which last year saw over 650 boxes of food distributed to people in need, many of who are our tenants.
“The food we collected will be checked, sorted and then distributed across Bedford Borough over the next few days.”