Businesses bring festive cheer to local communities

Jonny McPhee, left, and Scott Harrhy.

Two local businesses have pledged support for an annual event that brings Christmas cheer to more than 70 elderly people living in parts of Derby.

Telephony specialists Invictus Communications in Castle Donington and Sinfin-based Century Mobile – who work together to support a wide range of clients across the city and county – have both donated funds to support the event.

More than 70 local elderly people are expected to join together for a Christmas meal at Sinfin Moor Church on Monday December 17.

The event is run by local community groups, Derby City Council’s neighbourhood partnership team and local councillor Baggy Shanker and is supported by a wide range of volunteers.

Invictus Communications Managing Director Jonny McPhee and Century Mobile MD Scott Harrhy said: “We both work in the communications industry and know just how important it is for people and businesses to stay connected.

“We were therefore very keen to support the Christmas meal as it is equally important for elderly people who may be feeling particularly isolated and lonely to enjoy companionship and a festive meal together around the Christmas holidays.”

Cllr Baggy Shanker added: “We are very grateful to both of these companies and all the businesses and volunteers who support the event which has been organised for the past three years.

“I know this is something that everyone looks forward to – especially those who do not have family and friends to spend Christmas with. For some, it is the only hot Christmas meal that they get and it is vital that they feel connected to their local communities at this time of year.”