With the festive season rapidly approaching, colleagues at Radstock Co-op’s Head Office once again voted to support the Children’s Centre, Radstock by buying presents for children whose parents are finding it challenging at this particular time of the year. Colleagues at the Head Office started buying gifts of toys, books, craft sets etc and by middle of December, the office looked more like Santa’s Grotto and the elves’ workshop than a business working environment. Colleagues were keen to provide a little bit of Christmas cheer to local children whose parents may find it difficult affording presents from tight household budgets.
Radstock Children Centre’s work to deliver a range of services to families and young children including the provision of a safe and stimulating environment for the children to play. Often the parents need support with dealing with family, parenting and behavioural issues, financial hardship or have relationship problems etc. The Centre’s team are a group of trained professionals specialising in childcare and development and provide support, guidance and encouragement to families to overcome their problems.
A group of the head office staff played Santa last week when they paid a visit to the centre to deliver the gifts. A member of the Children’s Centre explained that the toys would be gift wrapped by the parents and presented to their children.
A spokesperson for the Radstock Co-op Head Office staff said, ‘This is what Christmas is all about bringing a little bit of happiness to a child who may not be as fortunate as others. It wasn’t difficult sacrificing the office Secret Santa gift exchange or the swapping of Christmas cards to buy a gift for a child who you know will get a great deal of pleasure from it. Definitely beats five minutes of festive office fun any day!’