Another fabulous Whittaker Christmas

Dec 18, 2015

By Clive Newton – Managing Director

The generosity of our staff is apparent all year round but particularly at Christmas when our teams around the North West go above and beyond the call of duty to help others in projects large and small.

In Oldham where we are working on a number of projects for First Choice Homes Oldham, Katie Lockwood, Greg Martin and Neil Lancaster decided to appeal for toys which they would donate to the Salvation Army in Oldham so that they could help local children. They asked site staff and those working with our sub-contractors if they would be kind enough to donate any brand new toys to the appeal.  Some people didn’t know what to buy and so they gave cash donations which Katie then used to go and buy more new toys. kaz3

Druggitt and Harding, Bladen Electrical and LW Ceramics made generous cash donations, while HR Decorators and Langhams Plasterers gave us some fabulous toys.  The team managed to drop off the toys to the Salvation Army in time for Christmas and they said thanks to the generosity of Emanuel Whittaker staff and its numerous sub-contractor some of Oldham’s children in need would be having a much better Christmas. photo

And also in Oldham, Emanuel Whittaker joiner Chris Pomfret offered to build a sleigh for the Holy Family primary school in Limeside nativity. We provided some materials but Chris made the sleigh in his own time.  When he delivered it to the school, the staff and pupils were delighted.  The school decorated the sleigh and said they would use it for many years.

Over in Salford, a local Christian group can enjoy their Christmas in a new Centre thanks to the generosity of our staff and our subcontractors. The group had purchased a warehouse on Eccles New Road to transform into a community hub, but sourcing funding to complete the project was proving difficult.    While carrying out improvements to the home of church pastor Soloman Obisan, who is a Salix Homes tenant living on the Meadowgate estate, senior resident liaison officer Adam Berry learnt of the church group’s plight.

Adam, inspired by Soloman’s enthusiasm for this great cause, asked me if we could help and we gave him the green light to offer staff time as well as funds.  It was then all hands on deck as our team worked alongside sub-contractors Rixonway Kitchens, Smart Sun Heat and Solar-Gen to re-plaster the walls, fit a new kitchen and upgrade the bathroom facilities. church02

Soloman said: “When the companies told us what they were going to do for us we just could not believe it – we literally sang and danced for joy.  The kindness and generosity of everyone involved has meant that we can celebrate Christmas in style and help those in the community who may need some support at this special time of the year.”

And of course on sites up and down the region our teams have been providing Christmas cards to residents and buying chocolate treats for their residents to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

On that note – we wish all our friends, suppliers, clients and of course our fabulous staff a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

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