Delivering Xmas cheer

FESTIVE TREAT: Delivering Christmas cheer to older people in Hightown.
FESTIVE TREAT: Delivering Christmas cheer to older people in Hightown.

Older residents in Hightown got a surprise visit from Santa with a sack full of Christmas essentials and sweet treats.

Following on from the success of the project last year, a total of 125 sacks were delivered by staff from Kirklees Council, KNH, the Neighbourhood Policing Team and Windy Bank TRA.

The sacks were packed with Christmas goodies as well as information about local services and how to keep safe.

The project was co-ordinated by Hightown firm Owens Corning.

Kathy Morgan, the firm’s human resources leader, said: “It’s brilliant for us as a company to bring a little Christmas cheer to older residents in our area during the festive period.

“Residents receiving the sacks really appreciated them. The project was really appreciated by elderly residents last year and we were determined to do it again.

“It shows the difference that companies working with council and voluntary organisations can make when we work together.”

Rebecca Strutt, from Kirklees Communities and Leisure, said: “Windy Bank Tenants and Residents’ Association really embraced the project, from packing, to bringing Father Christmas with them to do some deliveries.”

The project was also supported by donations from Fox’s Biscuits in Batley and Tangerine (Lion) Confectionery in Cleckheaton.

Alongside the seasonal gifts, such as Christmas pudding and chocolates, was advice on doorstep safety, how to recognise bogus callers, how to access services, plus useful contacts and details of the local neighbourhood policing team.