South West builder turns head office into hamper packing operation for Marmalade Trust

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Barratt David Wilson Homes supports Marmalade Trust’s Christmas campaign

The Barratt David Wilson Homes head office has been transformed into a hamper packing operation in order to share Christmas treats with hundreds of people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset who will spend the festive season alone.

Members of Barratt David Wilson Homes’ South West team purchased and filled over 170 hampers with items such as mince pies, preserves and tea, mugs, socks, puzzle books, potted bulbs and even poems written by primary school children for delivery to people supported by Bristol-based charity Marmalade Trust.

Barratt David Wilson Homes and Marmalade Trust staff and volunteers packaged up the last of the hampers for Marmalade Trust to deliver in time for Christmas.

Each year Marmalade Trust runs events for people in the South West who would otherwise be spending Christmas day alone. This Christmas, due to risks associated with the Omicron coronavirus variant, the charity planned alternative activities including a visit from a volunteer to all those who would have attended an event to deliver a hamper and stay for a socially distanced chat.

“Marmalade Trust wanted to bring some Christmas cheer and joy
to those who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day”
Lucy Norris, head of operations at the Marmalade Trust

Lucy Norris, head of operations at the Marmalade Trust, said: “Christmas is often a challenging time of year for people who are on their own. This has been made even more difficult over the last two years when, because of the pandemic, many have experienced extreme social isolation and feelings of loneliness. Marmalade Trust wanted to bring some Christmas cheer and joy to those who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day.

“We are therefore so grateful to Barratt David Wilson Homes. The South West team’s time, efforts and generous donation [helped] Marmalade Trust extend support and friendship to some of the most vulnerable and lonely in our communities.”

Louise Ware, sales director for Barratt David Wilson Homes South West, added: “We believe passionately in supporting the communities where we are building much-needed new homes. And we are very aware that [in December 2021] this carries many of the same challenges as last, particularly for people at risk of loneliness this Christmas. We’re delighted to have played a part in sharing some gifts and company this festive season, and we’re very grateful to our suppliers and sub-contractors who’ve supported this campaign with gifts and donations.”

During 2021, the Barratt David Wilson Homes South West team raised £11,816 through a range of fundraising events and initiatives, which has been matched by Barratt Developments’ national team. An additional donation of £5,000 from the South West division means a total of £28, 632 has been paid to Marmalade Trust to support its vital work in helping to combat loneliness.

To donate to Marmalade Trust, please visit www.marmaladetrust.org/support-our-work

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