Employees donate Christmas meal allowance to Operation Christmas Child

Generous employees at UK Power Networks, including those based in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, have donated their Christmas meal allowance to send shoeboxes packed with love, to children overseas.

Caring staff have not let Covid stop them fundraising and have already raised more than £10,000 this year for various charities.

Staff at the company, which owns and operates the electricity networks delivering power across the East, South East and London, have used their Christmas meal allowance to support Operation Christmas Child, which sends shoeboxes packed with gifts to children who are living in poverty or need around the world.

Due to Covid restrictions people are contributing online rather than packing their own boxes. Employees gave around £1,000 to the scheme that has already brought joy to more than 178 million children in over 160 countries since 1990.

Many of the children won’t receive any other gifts this year as those living in poverty struggle even more due to the prospect of recessions during the pandemic.

Nick Cole, director of Operation Christmas Child, said: “What generosity and compassion from the staff of UK Power Networks to donate their Christmas celebration funds so that children whose hope has been squashed by the pandemic can experience the joy and encouragement of a shoebox gift.

“Operation Christmas Child volunteers are working tirelessly and cheerfully coping with Covid-restrictions to safely check and send out shoeboxes – both ones packed the normal way by supporters and also selecting and packing gifts for shoeboxes packed on line by thousands more supporters. This gift from UK Power Networks will mean hundreds of children in Eastern Europe and West Africa will get to celebrate Christmas with their friends as they receive shoeboxes together.’

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