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Bracknell BID area businesses give back to the local community over the festive period

As part of the festive spirit, Bracknell BID and BID area businesses have stepped up to support the local community through various charity initiatives, raising money for those that need it most locally at Christmas.

Bracknell BID will be donating £1,500 to local charities this month to support those most in need and provide essential aid this Christmas. The three charities, DEBRA, Victim Support and Bracknell Foodbank will each receive £500. To read more about the donations, the press release can be seen here.

If you wish to support any of these charities please follow the links below:

  • To make a donation to Victim Support’s Christmas Cost of Crime campaign click here
  • To find out more about donating to DEBRA and their Life Free of Pain Appeal click here
  • To donate essential supplies to Bracknell Food Bank, donors can download a new free app called ‘BankTheFood’ which provides an up-to-date list of current needs.

Victim Support is an independent charity that work with people affected by crime or traumatic events. support them to get the support they need and the respect they deserve.  They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. The service is free, confidential and tailored to their needs.

Bracknell Foodbank is part of a national network of foodbanks, giving out nutritionally balanced emergency food to people in financial crisis who have nowhere else to turn.

DEBRA is the national charity that funds research and healthcare to support individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – a painful genetic skin blistering condition which, in the worst cases, can be fatal.

Bracknell BID area businesses have been raising money for charity over the Christmas period through a variety of initiatives, raising thousands of pounds over the past month for many local causes. Below are some of the exciting charity fundraisers and events BID area businesses have been involved in, supporting their local community and giving back over this Christmas period.

BID area businesses celebrate Christmas Jumper Day

Many Bracknell BID area businesses were spreading cheer and raising funds for Save the Children UK by wearing their favourite festive apparel on Christmas Jumper Day, Thursday 8th December. Employees at 329 Bracknell, Maxis Business Park, Overbury, Morgan Lovell, DEBRA, and Arlington Square can be seen wearing their Christmas Jumper and festive hats for Christmas Jumper Day. For more information on how you can be involved with Save the Children UK, click here.

Arlington Square host a charity collection Giving Tree for Kids Out

Arlington Square hosted a Christmas Giving Tree, where occupiers can donate brand new toys and gifts which will be donated to Kids Out, a charity which provides gives disadvantaged children positive experiences. Occupiers in Arlington Square were given the opportunity to take a tag from the tree and buy the present written on the tag, and leaving it under the giving tree. The presents will be distributed to disadvantaged children and families this Christmas through the charity Kids Out.

The appeal was a great success, with all 100 tags taken and a present provided for under the tree. For more information on how you can be involved with Kids Out, click here.

Pictured left: Kaz, Office Manager at iHASCO, with Jools, Guest Experience Manager at 3 Arlington Square

Maxis Business Park hold their annual charity drive for Sebastian’s Action Trust and Bracknell Foodbank

Maxis Business Park held a variety of Christmas events for the business community to raise money for their charity of the year, Sebastian’s Action Trust, and included a wreath making workshop, Christmas Market and Giving Tree Appeal. Maxis and their occupiers donated presents and raised £523 to the charity, raised through their festive fun for their business community, showcasing the huge success of the Christmas events.

Maxis Business Park held their annual Christmas Giving Tree Appeal, for occupiers to donate brand new toys and gifts which will be donated to Sebastian’s Action Trust, a Bracknell Forest charity that provides emotional, social and practical care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families.

Maxis Business Park hosted their annual Christmas market, for occupiers to browse market stalls made up of local small businesses, plus half price festive food, with a violinist playing Christmas songs.

All donations and presents of the events were raised for Sebastian’s Action’s Trust. For more information on how you can be involved with Sebastian’s Action Trust, click here.

Maxis Business Park also held a charity drive for Bracknell Foodbank, with an overwhelming amount of donations collected for the local charity. For more information on how you can be involved with Bracknell Foodbank, click here.

Energy Efficient Solutions Group held a charity collection for Youthline

Energy Efficient Solutions Group, based on Western Road, held a collection for charitable donations for Youthline. an independent Bracknell Forest charity offering clients aged 12-25 years old, FREE, one to one counselling sessions. For more information on how you can be involved with Youthline, click here.

Silva Homes held a Christmas market to raise money for Bracknell Foodbank

Silva Homes, based on Western Road, held a Christmas market event for the local community to raise money for Bracknell Foodbank. The event was a resounding success with over 250 visitors and £331.50 raised for Bracknell Foodbank. For more information on how you can be involved with Bracknell Foodbank, click here.

DEBRA held their #DessertsForDEBRA fundraiser at their Head Office

DEBRA’s Head Office, based in The Capitol Building, hosted their own #DessertsForDEBRA event, with homemade roulade, rocky road and cheesecake, raising £65.45 to help #StopThePain for people living with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). The event was part of their wider national fundraising #DessertsForDEBRA events on the 8th and 9th December, raising money to help bring DEBRA closer to A Life Free of Pain for people living with EB. For more information on how you can be involved with DEBRA, click here.

Overbury donated presents to ‘A Gift For A Child’

Employees at Overbury, based at Maxis, have donated a huge haul of Christmas presents to local Bracknell charity ‘Gift For A Child’ who support vulnerable children in the community. There’s a special mention to be made for Ryan Van Heerden, Senior Project Manager at Overbury, who forwarded their charity initiative to his subcontractors and who in return donated a £1,000 worth of presents! This year marks their 6th year in a row supporting this initiative, and will go a long way to brightening many children’s Christmas who are under the care of Bracknell Forest Council Social Services.

Morgan Lovell raise present donations for ‘Gift For A Child’

The team at Morgan Lovell, based at Maxis, donated an overwhelming amount of presents to support local Bracknell charity ‘Gift For A Child’ which supports vulnerable children in the community. The presents will help children and struggling families in the Bracknell community who may not be able to afford gifts at this time of the year.

Norbain SD raised donations for Bracknell Foodbank

Norbain SD, based in Inspired on Easthampstead Road, delivered a car full of food and sanitary goods to Bracknell Foodbank (The Trussell Trust in Bracknell), raising donations for the charity amongst their staff. The team were also given a tour of the facility at Kerith Community Church to understand what was required at this tough time of the year. For more information on how you can be involved with Bracknell Foodbank, click here.

TEKsystems volunteered their time at Sebastian’s Action Trust

TEKsystems, based in Maxis, spent a day at Sebastian’s Action Trust’s respite centre ‘The Woodlands’, helping with the groundwork ready for their new respite lodges to be built next year. TEKsystems employees volunteered their time and saved the Trust labour costs that can be used to directly support seriously ill children and their families. The Woodlands is Sebastian Action Trust’s Berkshire outreach and respite centre where families can access emotional, practical and social support.

For more information on how your company can get involved with Sebastian’s Action Trust, click here.

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