Christmas is the gift of giving!
Following the success of last year’s Christmas Drive, CMPP partners embarked on their first food-only collection for the Farnborough Foodbank. The collection helps some of the most deprived families and individuals living in the community.
Christine Eustace, Project Manager for CMPP describes the results. “Contributions arrived by the sack load from employees of Rushmoor Borough Council, Farnborough Business Park, Zurich, TAG Farnborough Airport, Capquest, Fluor, Sixth Form College Farnborough, Accelerate Driving Training,Village Hotel, Barons BMW,HRG, First Wessex, Aviator Hotel, Farnborough International, FDR Promotions. In addition, Source Supplies donated a delivery van and driver (Jake photographed below) to help pack and transport the goods, but we soon realised we would need more vehicles with the amount of donations received. Barons BMW came to the rescue with the loan of 2 of their cars.”
An incredible 1354.8 kg kilos of canned and tinned items, selection boxes, toiletries and baby products were donated! This included 236 toilet rolls, 1264 nappies, 33 toothbrushes, 12 can openers, loads of feminine hygiene products, ladies and gents toiletries, children’s scarves and hats, yummy chocolate advent calendars, more mince pies than you could throw a stick at and so much more.
For “visual readers” this would equate to a massive pile of 2023 cans of baked beans or 1620 pints of milk!
Jenna Grant, CMPP Project Coordinator and Operations Manager, said: “It’s been wonderful to be involved with such an amazing drive. I think it’s fair to say that we have yet again been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of items donated from caring local companies. We simply cannot thank our partners and everyone who donated enough, it’s been absolutely magical to share the joy of Christmas this year.”
On hearing the grand total of donations made, Simon Jarvis, Principal of the 6th Form College Farnborough, who also manage the project on behalf of the partners and associates, was left virtually speechless “Astonishing - absolutely astonishing... well done to everyone involved”.
Rob Tillier of Accelerate Driver Training, an associate partner of CMPP stated: “So proud to be part of an organisation which does such great things for the Community.”
Joy Cross from HRG, whose staff donated more than 200 kilos, was overjoyed by: “The power of teamwork!!”
Shaun Ormrod, Chief Executive of Farnborough International, the organisation behind the Farnborough’s famous airshow, enthused this his staff are: “always keen to support the CMPP on its initiatives. The staff at the office have really got behind the Christmas food drive and I’m really impressed by their generosity. We hope our donations along with those of CMPP’s other partners will make a real difference this Christmas.”
Paul Robins, Facilities Services Director for Farnborough Business Park, a partner of CMPP is a strong believer that “the success of the partnership is down to its members and their employees, and is a true example that people working together make a real difference”.
Michael Shea of Farnborough Food Bank said: “We have received and weighed in a staggering 1354.8 kg from CMPP partners for which we are extremely grateful. Much of this has already been put to use in the preparation of Christmas Hampers and food parcels for the needy for the coming Christmas season. We thank you all so much again for your generosity, it is greatly appreciated by us, the Foodbank and our clients”.
Steve Lee of FDR Promotions, an associate partner of CMPP, who kindly took photos of the items collected from Farnborough Business Park said: “It’s very humbling how local businesses can work together to provide much needed food and items, that most of us take for granted, for local people in need.”
CMPP’s focus now turns to the Christmas Toy and Gift Collection which will be running until the 12th of December. Last year’s collection turned out more than 850 gifts which were distributed to local charities, hospices, shelters and hospitals. This year the CMPP team are aiming for more than 1,000 presents to reach a wider network of people in need.
The toy and gift drive will support young people via: Step By Step, Creating Futures, Source Young Mums, Source Young Mum Dependents, Women's Shelter, First Wessex, Shooting Star Chase Hospice, Naomi House, Jack's Space Hospice, Frimley Park Hospital, Home-Start Rushmoor and the Prospect Friday Night Youth Club.