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SARH spreads Christmas spirit
Employees at Stafford’s leading provider of affordable homes recently enjoyed the festive spirit while raising money and donating presents for worthy causes in the communities it serves.
Stafford and Rural Homes customers also joined in the seasonal celebrations by taking part in a Christmas decorations competition for residents of Independent Living Schemes managed by the housing association.
Whilst customers at Hall Close in Stafford were recognised for ‘Most Creative Use of Space’ for their festive display, top of the tree this year was St Georges Road, Stafford for ‘Best and Safest’ decorations.
Lisa McCaulder, Head of Health and Safety at SARH, commented: “As well as helping to kick off the Christmas celebrations, the competition aimed to spread an important safety message.
“Older people are more at risk from trips and falls so we wanted to make sure SARH customers thought about potential hazards without spoiling any of the festive fun.
“Once again, everyone who took part put in lots of effort and we saw some spectacular displays so choosing a winner was more difficult than ever!”
As customers put up the tinsel, SARH employees donated food parcels and essential items to Silkmore Food bank and presents for children and women in the care of Staffordshire Women’s Aid.
Dickie James MBE, Chief Executive of Staffordshire Women’s Aid, commented: “The generosity and care given by the SARH team this year was an example of true community support.
“A great deal of consideration was given to what the women and children we support might need at Christmas, and the whole team were incredibly generous. As a local, grass roots charity, we depend on this kind of support, and are so appreciative, as are the women and children who have benefited. Thank you to everyone at SARH!”
Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, added: “Christmas really is a special time of the year and offers the ideal opportunity for our staff and customers to come together and spread a little festive cheer!
“The generous donations this year were not just in keeping with the Christmas spirit but reflected the year-round commitment SARH has to helping the vulnerable members of society as we strive to build stronger communities for everyone.”
Pictured here at Staffordshire Women’s Aidare, (L to R): Karen Armitage, CEO, SARH; Charlotte Almond, Strategy and Business Development Manager, Staffordshire Women’s Aid:Dickie Chester-James, CEO, Staffordshire Women’s Aid;Gavin McAlister, SARH People Group Member: Lindsay Truman, SARH Ambassador of the Yearand Jo Hough, Director of Organisational Development, SARH.