Generous Leicestershire firms thanked by Age UK

Katharine Lightbown from Leicestershire Cares, Peter Ralphs of Age UK and Leona Harris of Cares

Leicestershire businesses have been thanked for their generosity by Age UK after collecting almost 1,300 gifts and donating £2,836 to help older people over Christmas and into the new year.

In all, 31 employers and their volunteers got involved in Leicestershire Cares’ annual Collect 4 Christmas appeal. They were asked for donations of practical gifts for older people living in Leicestershire and Rutland.

The gifts and donations added up to more than £19,000 – taking the grand total to beyond £250,000 since Leicestershire Cares launched their Collect for Christmas campaign in 2000.

This year’s gifts went to individuals, particularly those at risk of loneliness, and to Age UK’s day centres.

Businesses that encouraged their staff to donate presents and collect more from suppliers, customers, friends and family included Access Group; Aggregate Industries (Croft & Bardon); Aurum Holdings; Cambridge & Counties Bank; Europcar; Everards Brewery; Gateley; Grant Thornton; Irwin Mitchell; Nelsons; Santander; Synter Group and Walkers & Son amongst many others.

Peter Ralphs, business development manager at Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland, said: “We are really grateful to the businesses that supported Cares – they have been incredibly generous and it really did make Christmas special for so many of our vulnerable older people.”

Katharine Lightbown, community development manager of Leicestershire Cares, added: “The generosity of our member firms has been overwhelming and we’re incredibly grateful to each and every person who has taken the time to buy a gift or raise money for the appeal. We really can’t say a big enough thank you.”