For a second year running, BGL Group has truly captured the spirit of Christmas with its annual Giving Tree.
Employees across five of BGL’s sites up and down the country have been busy buying 440 presents for people who may not receive many gifts this Christmas. To spread the Christmas spirit BGL partnered with both Age UK and The Carer’s Trust.
Each of BGL’s offices had their very own Giving Tree which was decorated in a slightly different way to the average tree. Mixed among the baubles were gift tags marked with a person’s gender and age range along with a little space for people to leave a message on. Each employee who decided to take part selected a tag and bought a present for that individual (to a maximum value of £20).
Once the presents were wrapped and placed under the tree it then fell to BGL’s very own elves to deliver the presents. People from each site donned their elf ears and delivered sackfuls of presents to each of the charities , even meeting some of the recipients directly, as Christmas is not just about turkey or the EastEnders Christmas special, it is about people coming together and spreading joy and happiness.
Melanie Wicken who works for Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, said of BGL’s donations: “‘We are extremely grateful to the staff at BGL for their kind gifts.”
Nobody should be alone at Christmas, but for some this is unfortunately a reality. Michelle continued: “Christmas can be a particularly lonely time for the elderly, especially those who live alone and aren’t able to get out, and sadly this can lead people to feel isolated. BGL’s generosity will make such a difference to somebody’s Christmas.”
The Carer’s Trust were also grateful for the donation made by BGL Group. The Trust’s Tracy Hyland commented: “The generosity of staff at BGL has been overwhelming and we really cannot thank them enough. The difference this will make to young adult carers will be immeasurable and for some it will be the only gift they will receive.”
Sophie Hawley, Community Executive at BGL and the driver behind the Giving Tree project, commented: “It’s a privilege to work for an organisation that thinks of the wider community at Christmas time.
“Each present that we have donated will make such a huge difference to those receiving them. Having spent a day delivering some of the presents myself, I’ve seen first-hand how touched the community are by the generosity. I’d also like to thank each and every one of my fellow colleagues who got involved – and in particular those who went out delivering presents.”
The Giving Tree is just another way BGL Group is progressing towards its goal of impacting 100,000 lives by 2020.