Peak Technologies’ Christmas Care Collection
As it is approaching Christmas, it can an incredibly difficult time for many families who are faced with the toughening burden of the cost of living crisis in both the UK and Ireland.
According to a survey posted by The Irish Times “four in five people say they have less money in their pockets compared to this time a year ago”. As of October 2022, Homelessness in Ireland found “11,397 people were accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland.”
Shelter England reported that “74,230 households in the UK approached their local council and were found to be homeless or threatened with homelessness between January and March 2022”.
With these stark details in mind, our European Peak team wanted to help give to our local communities in any way possible. Peak Technologies’ European Director, René Schrama, kindly allocated €2,000 for donations to go to local charities near our Chippenham office in the UK and our Irish office, VisionID. “With all the challenges in the world and energy prices sky high, we felt it is our moral obligation to support those in need”, said René, “ and therefore our team has been focusing on the most basic needs of people in our offices’ immediate locations.”
Over the week our teams got busy collecting food, toys and vouchers for those in need. Fortunately, our trusted customers Iceland and TK Maxx are based locally to both offices so we were able to get all supplies in both shops.
After packing everything up into hampers and packages, the team in the UK proudly donated food, toys and vouchers to The Salvation Army in Chippenham. At Christmas, more than any other time, The Salvation Army works tirelessly for people in need and rely on donations and volunteers to reach out to homeless and hungry people, families facing hardship, victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking, people who are ill, grieving or lonely and provide unstinting friendship and practical, professional help.
In Ireland, our team dropped off food packages and vouchers to the Soup Kitchen and Foodbank in Clonmel and then brought some toys and vouchers to Saint Vincent DePaul Clonmel. The Soup Kitchen and Foodbank do amazing work providing dinners and grocery packages weekly and rely solely on the generous donations from the local community. Saint Vincent DePaul is volunteer and donation led, working year round to provide a wide range of services for vulnerable people through their local offices, shops, resource centres, housing, day care and holiday schemes amongst other things.
We are delighted to support these wonderful local charities who we know make such a huge positive impact to so many families every day.
A big well done and thank you to everyone involved.
How you can help
- SVP Ireland - Donations to Saint Vincent DePaul Ireland can be made here, where they are distributed to families, elderly people, children and all those in need this Christmas.
- Clonmel Soup Kitchen & Foodbank – get in touch via their Facebook to organise any donations.
- The Salvation Army UK - The Salvation Army in Chippenham are currently organising a Christmas Toy Appeal where donations can be made here.