Festive funds donated to Handforth charity
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Festive funds donated to Handforth charity

The Xmas Party Heroes campaign is an initiative to donate unused company funds set aside for festivities.  The funds will assist Time Out Group, based in Handforth, to provide activities for members in a sociable environment.

With the usual Christmas parties cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a national charity campaign is encouraging companies to donate the money they would normally spend on their festive celebrations to a good cause instead. Anwyl Homes chose Time Out Group for one of its #xmaspartyheroes donations as the developer is building homes nearby at The Fairways. The charity provides a friendly and welcoming space at its Drop In centre in Handforth for adults with learning disabilities to meet up, make friends and take part in activities.

Anne-Louise Black, project manager for Time Out Group, said:

During lockdown we have been supporting our members through Zoom sessions, over the phone and where possible in person. We’ve also recently refurbished our Drop In centre, launched a new website and expanded our services to include skills, confidence and wellbeing sessions. We rely on donations and grants to keep our much-needed services running.  A huge thank you to Anwyl and all our supporters, funders, volunteers and contributors for making Time Out Group a wonderful place for our members to be.

Anwyl has donated a total of £7,000 to five charities as part of the campaign. Graham Anwyl, chairman of Anwyl, said:

Charities have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and many of their funding streams have dried up so the Xmas Party Heroes campaign is a fantastic way for companies to support good causes at this time of need. While many of us may have initially felt sad that we can’t celebrate with our friends and colleagues this year, knowing that charities are benefitting from additional funds is so much more rewarding. We really hope many more companies will get involved in this wonderful campaign to support their charities of choice.

New members aged over 18 are welcome at Time Out Group. To find out more www.timeoutgroup.org.uk or email admin@timeoutgroup.org.uk.

For more on the Xmas Party Heroes campaign visit www.xmaspartyheroes.co.uk