Golding Homes has donated a number of Christmas hampers to young carers across Kent this December, ahead of the Christmas period.
Golding Homes donates Christmas food hampers each year to a local charity chosen by its employees, and this year, colleagues from the Maidstone-based housing provider voted for Crossroads Care Kent to receive the festive fayre.
Crossroads Care Kent is a charity that provides support to carers and the people they care for. Its Young Carers Project provides regular group meetings and activities outside of school time for carers aged five to 17.
Jan Hall, Young Carers project manager at Crossroads Care Kent, said: “Crossroads Young Carers Project are so grateful to Golding Homes for choosing us as their charity to receive Christmas hampers this year.
“2020 has been such a difficult year for us all. Many of our families, who have a range of health issues, have struggled and a number have had to self-isolate to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”
Golding’s director of Operations, Annemarie Roberts, recently paid a socially distanced visit to Crossroads Care Kent to hand over the hampers.
She said: “This year has proved especially challenging for everyone, so it’s more important than ever to support our local community.
“Charities like Crossroads provide vital support and care to the community all year round. We know the charity supports many of our customers and it is our pleasure to be able to show our support with these hampers, for the fantastic work Crossroads and their young carers do.”
Helen Critcher, Community Investment lead at Golding Homes, said: “Crossroads are an amazing local charity that have adapted their weekly group sessions by delivering them digitally in order to help their young carers have some normality this year.
“We hope that the hampers bring a little happiness to families over the festive season, and we wish them a very, merry Christmas.”
Golding was also able to support local businesses by purchasing some of the festive items from independent retailers, including Christmas cake from The Swan restaurant in West Malling, which has adapted its service during lockdown.
On receiving the hampers from Golding, Hall said: “To deliver a little festive cheer with these delicious hampers that the whole family can share, will be such a boost this Christmas.”
Golding has donated Christmas food hampers to local charities for the last 11 years.
Main image: Jan Hall and Annemarie Roberts from Golding Homes
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