Locals bring festive cheer by supporting senior gift-giving scheme

HOME Instead Senior Care Oldham and Saddleworth teamed up with schools, businesses and the community to bring festive cheer to the elderly.

The home care company ran its annual gift giving scheme ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ to collect presents and deliver them to local residents who might not otherwise receive a present on Christmas morning.

Alt Academy in Oldham joined the campaign by creating beautiful Christmas cards which were attached to the generously donated gifts.

Bobbie Harvey, business development manager at Home Instead Oldham and Saddleworth, dressed as Sparkle the Elf with some of the students from Alt Academy

Tamsin Wood, Assistant Principal at Alt Academy, said: “The students were grateful and thrilled to have been given the opportunity to take part in Home Instead’s gift-giving campaign.

“They love the fact that their Christmas cards went to seniors in our local community and helped put a smile on their faces this Christmas.”

Meanwhile, Pearson law firm collected and wrapped gifts ready for delivery, including toiletries, biscuits and chocolates.

“Christmas is all about family and loved ones, but it’s so hard to imagine some people will not see a friendly face or have anyone to share the festive season with,” said Suzanne Wright of Pearson Solicitors.

“We wanted to take some time to make things a little more special for others. It was lovely to hand over a sack of presents to the Home Instead team.”

Joanne Jones, Suzanne Wright of Pearson Solicitors and Bobbie Harvey of Home Instead ready for Santa to a Senior

Bobbie Harvey, from Home Instead, collected the gifts from Pearson’s Oldham office.

She said: “When everything shuts down for the Christmas break, some people may not see anyone for days but will know that someone has thought of them and have a gift to open and enjoy.

“We would like to thank Pearson Solicitors and Millercare Oldham for holding donation stations at their premises, as well as to Alt Academy for the beautiful cards the students designed.

“We would also like to thank Jill Foot, who made some gorgeous hampers, Liz Rooke and everyone at Community Brew Greenfield who raised £187.50 at their coffee morning and also donated lots of gifts, as well as to Alan O’Connor from Workflo Solutions, who donated a big hamper of food.

“It’s an honour to be able to help bring together the young and the old to help support the elderly in our community who may feel isolated and alone this Christmas.”

For more information about Home Instead call 01457 356953 or visit their website https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/oldham-saddleworth

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