MORE than 170 individuals and families will receive a Christmas hamper this year thanks to the Rotary Club of Guernsey and Lagan Construction Group.
Each year, the Rotarians deliver parcels to people who have been identified as in need and pay for the hampers using proceeds from their flag days and other fundraising. This year, Lagan Construction Group, has eased the financial burden by donating £1,000 towards the initiative, which will cover the cost of 30 hampers.
‘For most people, Christmas is a time of celebration but there are people in Guernsey who, for a variety of reasons, aren’t able to celebrate as others do,’ said Rotary president David Mortimer.
‘The aim of the Christmas hamper initiative is to ensure that those households don’t need to worry as much and so it is incredibly generous of Lagan to make this donation and make a real difference to members of Guernsey’s community.’
The hampers, which come in two different sizes for individuals and families, contain basic provisions including tinned vegetables, soup and teabags, as well as Christmas foodstuffs such as mince pies and iced fruitcake. Fuel vouchers are also given to those who are assessed as needing them.
‘We work with various different agencies to identify those people who need support and this year we will deliver around 170 hampers. Among the recipients are single parents with children, pensioners who have recently come out of hospital and people who have lost partners,’ said Mr Mortimer.
‘Each year, we aim to cover the cost through the generosity of islanders supporting us on our flag days but invariably we do need to use general funds as well. We have the Tree of Joy initiative, which sees islanders providing presents to children in need, running at the same time and if there are tags left over then Rotary also covers the cost of those. Lagan’s donation really is a Christmas present for Rotary at a time when all charities are struggling.’
Pamela Ward from Lagan Construction Group said the company was more than happy to be able to help.
‘Guernsey’s community have warmly welcomed Lagan and its staff and we wanted to give something back. Members of the Rotary Club of Guernsey give hours and hours of their own time to help others and so it’s a privilege for us to work with them to spread some happiness to those who need it most this Christmas,’ she said.