Royal Mail bumps up funds
STAFF and managers at Royal Mail delivery office Wakefield have dug deep this December and donated £200 to Sustain Wakefield. The funding will help towards the costs of a summer trip aimed at reducing loneliness and isolation amongst people using the service.
Sustain which is based in St. Catherine’s Church Centre Wakefield, provides housing related floating support to prevent homelessness to 175 single people and couples and 60 families across the Wakefield district.
Fran Lomax, Sustain’s Volunteer and Peer Development Co-ordinator contacted the Royal Mail to ask for support as Sustain is aiming to raise enough money to take 30 people on a trip in the summer. It will cost about £1000 to provide a coach, food and entrance fees to an attraction such as Gulliver's Kingdom in Derbyshire.
Fran said; “my role is to show hope and try to provide the "luxuries" we all take for granted. These include a day trip out maybe to the seaside or trip to a pantomime. Things that can brighten a child's day or experience something for the first time. Families are using food banks for the basics and do not have spare money for transport or these extras, and life can be dismal. These extras are made possible through fundraising and donations and are not funded as part of the service. We have held raffles, dances and tombolas to raise this extra cash but we also rely on cash donations”.
Corrine Bennett and Claire Gelder Managers from Royal Mail were raising funds for St. Catherine’s Church Centre foodbank’s Christmas appeal and decided they would like to support Sustain’s fundraising efforts at the same time.
Corrine said "We heard about this from a colleague and as soon as we told the staff the money poured in. We were amazed by the response and are very proud of our staff."