Gifts going out to needy people from Norfolk college

Staff at the CITB college have been collecting Christmas hampers to help people in need. Pictured (from left) Ben Harvey, Lucy Defenzi, Sophie Barnard, Chloe Faulkner, Joel Wille, Ellie Wells and Carrie Marshall. Picture: Ian Burt Staff at the CITB college have been collecting Christmas hampers to help people in need. Pictured (from left) Ben Harvey, Lucy Defenzi, Sophie Barnard, Chloe Faulkner, Joel Wille, Ellie Wells and Carrie Marshall. Picture: Ian Burt

Sunday, December 16, 2012
10:14 PM

Hampers full of helpful goodies will be winging their way to vulnerable people in north Norfolk next week thanks to an appeal launched by the Construction Industry Training Board.

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Sophie Barnard with some of the Christmas hampers that have been collected at the CITB college to help people in need. Picture: Ian BurtSophie Barnard with some of the Christmas hampers that have been collected at the CITB college to help people in need. Picture: Ian Burt

The Helping Hampers Appeal is part of a new corporate responsibility project launched by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) at Bircham Newton, near Fakenham, in which employees have been asked to donate items to bring festive cheer to people who are on their own at Christmas.

Sophie Barnard, account manager for the C-skills awards directorate, said around 100 employees had already brought in some donations, including tins of food, hats and scarves, DVDs and books, and the hampers were filling quickly.

“We have picked two local voluntary organisations, the West Norfolk befrienders and the Aylsham Care Trust, and we are delivering the hampers to them next week so they can go out to people who are vulnerable or in need,” she said. “There are at least 25 people in our local area who are classed as vulnerable - they are mostly elderly but some have disabilities or just can’t get out and about.

“Staff are also giving up their time to visit people as well. It is our way of giving a bit back to the local community.”

Staff at the CITB college have been collecting Christmas hampers to help people in need. Pictured at the college are Ben Harvey and (top) Joel Wille. Picture: Ian BurtStaff at the CITB college have been collecting Christmas hampers to help people in need. Pictured at the college are Ben Harvey and (top) Joel Wille. Picture: Ian Burt

She said since taking on the new project she had been amazed at the response from staff who had all been very receptive to the idea. She said: “I knew people would donate but I did not realise how generous they would be. We have had boxes of DVDs brought in and even the Londis on site had given a load of tins.”

The appeal is the first idea within the project which is set to run long-term and other ideas are already in the pipeline.

“This is just the start,” said Miss Barnard.

*Anyone wishing to support the project or who may have ideas for other events can contact Sophie Barnard on 0300 456 7275 or 07786 126897.

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