Heat Recruitment and The Bristol Children’s Charity

by Heat Recruitment

by Steve Preston

Christmas in the office is a time of good cheer, silly jumpers, the annual work night out, and the humorous Secret Santa gift exchange, capped at usually £10. But let’s be honest, there are only so many novelty mugs, colourful socks and bathroom toiletries that any one person can keep hold off. And, even though it’s great fun and all in the spirit of Christmas, these gifts will more than likely be thrown away before the New Year, or never even used.

Now before you start to yell ‘Scrooge’ at your computer screen, we’re not being misers. Rather, we think that that £10 could be better spent – not on us, but on those who need it most (you can stop screaming now).

With just over 32 million people currently in employment in the UK, Secret Santa has the potential to raise a staggering £320 million if everyone took part. Just imagine what good this money could do for charities this Christmas.

This year, at Heat Recruitment, we have done away with putting everyone’s name into a hat in favour of something more meaningful – we have decided to support our local Children’s Charity, The Bristol Children’s Charity.

The charity was born to help disadvantaged children, under the age of 16, in the Bristol area. Their first venture was to collect toys at Christmas for half a dozen local children’s homes. This then put them in touch with the Lord Mayor – a link that the charity still retains and cherish. It made the television news, and, with a sell-out Christmas lunch, the charity was launched.

Coming up with the idea to put the Secret Santa money into something a little more meaningful was an easy decision. Instead of exchanging silly, wacky gifts with colleagues, we all decided to use the money we would collectively spend to support The Bristol Children’s Charity.

The charity provided us with a list of 60 brief anonymous profiles for the children in their care, which will be written on labels and placed on a Christmas tree at Heat HQ in Bristol. The labels will include the child’s age and suggested gift ideas.

Staff will then randomly select a label hanging from the Christmas tree, head to the nearest toy shop and select and buy a gift. After wrapping up our present we’ll attach the label and place the gift back under the tree, ready for a Bristol Children’s Charity representative to collect and deliver to the child just in time for Christmas.

No-one should go without receiving a gift from Santa, especially when you are just a child.

If you want to get involved with The Bristol Children’s Charity please contact them here.

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