GCHQ Christmas appeal on behalf of Hamper Scamper
News article - 2 Feb 2017
In the run up to Christmas last year our staff were busy collecting food, clothing, and gifts for Hamper Scamper. This County Community Projects' (CCP) campaign aims to support some of the most disadvantaged children, young people, families, and vulnerable adults across Gloucestershire. Staff donated a large quantity of food and clothing to the appeal, with one enterprising team collecting over £300 to carry out a large 'supermarket sweep'.
In addition, over ninety gifts were donated to children and young adults across the County, and a number of staff volunteered to help out at the CCP Wrapping Station in the Regents Arcade.
Chris Knight of CCP said that "1148 hampers and 2500 gifts were donated to the appeal by businesses around the County - a brilliant effort. This year we experienced a 25% increase from the number of hampers we donated out in 2015, and if it wasn't for the support of staff from GCHQ donating food, gifts, and time we wouldn't have been able to meet this year's demand for support. It truly is heart-warming that so many staff from GCHQ got involved and supported the appeal and for this we are really grateful. I'm really looking forward to working with you all on this year's appeal, which we are sure will increase again on this year's numbers."
The GCHQ Outreach Coordinator added: "I am always heartened by the response of our workforce to our annual Christmas appeal to help the more vulnerable members of our local community and we hope that our donations helped some of those for whom Christmas is a struggle."
CCP exists to transform the lives of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults by preventing homelessness, strengthening families and promoting independence.