Guild Care, a home care provider based in Worthing, has announced that it raised close to £5,000 through its Christmas appeal, allowing volunteers to deliver ‘goodie boxes’ to service users spending the festive period alone.
The boxes were delivered by a team of over 70 volunteers, who also had much-needed socially distanced doorstep chats with Guild Care’s clients.
Julie Moon (pictured) was visited by Cllr Paul Baker, who is a Guild Care Trustee, and his wife, Sandra, on Christmas Day.
Julie said: “Thank you everyone at Guild Care for the good wishes and hamper. I had a brilliant visit from Paul and Sandra, and we talked, masked and socially distanced. What an absolute treat. My first Christmas on my own, but I have had a very good time. Happy New Year, everyone!”
In addition to members of the public donating to the campaign to fund the boxes, support was also received from businesses in the Worthing community. Local companies ETI, Bacon & Company, Micawber Lettings, and Carpenter Box kindly donated items and funds to the cause, whilst Worthing’s branch of Waitrose provided a selection of products.
Alex Brooks-Johnson, Guild Care’s CEO, said: “I’d like to give a massive thank you to the community for coming together to support Worthing Cares, including the local companies that donated. We could only run the campaign and do our bit in battling holiday loneliness thanks to you all.”