Jamie from M&S and Chris from Home Instead
Local at-home care company, Home Instead, are so delighted with the success of their recent Christmas gift giving scheme, ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’, that they’re already making plans to roll it out again for next year.
The gift-giving scheme saw Home Instead join forces with many organisations in Woodbridge and Felixstowe including Felixstowe Queens Road Day Centre, Salvation Army, HOPE Trust, Age UK and St Johns Church in order to identify local older people who otherwise might not receive a gift at Christmas.
Home Instead also worked in partnership Marks and Spencer in Felixstowe and Martlesham, who organised ‘Be a Santa’ Christmas trees in their stores. The trees were decorated with gift tags and included the types of gifts older people would welcome. Generous members of the community were able to pick a gift tag and donate that particular item.
Home Instead have now beautifully wrapped the gifts and will be delivering them to older people across the coastal area just in time for Christmas.
Owner of Home Instead, Chris Lye,said, “We provide care to older people in their own homes. Our clients are assured of regular company from their caregivers but we are hoping that ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ will allow us to reach out to other older people in our community who, perhaps, don’t receive as many visitors as our clients and who would really appreciate knowing that local people are thinking about them this Christmas.
“We are delighted with the way in which members of the local community have embraced this scheme and how everyone has worked together to make it happen. As a result we received more than 400 presents! I’d like to say a big thank you to Marks and Spencer who made the purchase of gifts possible, The Bread Basket in Walton for generously donating mince pies and to all the organisations involved for their help in identifying older people who may really benefit from this scheme. We really enjoy running the ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ scheme and will strive to make it even more successful next year!”