Emanuel Whittaker selection boxes help families in need this Christmas

Dec 16, 2013

IMG_0895Emanuel Whittaker has been playing Santa this week. The company’s employees have been asked to support the Your Manchester Challenge, a scheme being organised by social housing provider Your Housing Group to prepare and deliver 1250 seasonal gift packs to residents across the Greater Manchester area.

Clive Newton Managing Director for Emanuel Whittaker said:  “We work with Your Housing Group as part of the Procure Plus Framework across several of its housing estates and we really liked the idea of the Challenge.  We appealed to our head office staff and everyone working across our North West sites to get involved and as usual, our staff have been very generous.

“Even sub-contractors such as M&R Heating joined the campaign.”

The Your Manchester Challenge seasonal gift pack will be suitable for up to four people and contain no fewer than eight items – four of which will be food related.  The packs will be delivered to people who are living in difficult financial circumstances.

Emanuel Whittaker work with social housing organisations across the region and recognise how people on low incomes are struggling to cope with bills, particularly at Christmas.  “The high price of energy in particular is having an impact on household incomes,” said Clive.  “Some residents have to decide whether to heat or eat and so the gift packs will provide some help – plus it’s always nice to receive an unexpected gift at this time of year.”

The Trussel Trust, a charity that works with local communities to combat poverty reports that 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK and everyday people go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.   As a result, there has been a 170% rise in numbers turning to food banks in the last 12 months.

Emanuel Whittaker staff have now delivered over 250 selection boxes to Your Housing Group who will add them to their seasonal gift packs.  Zoe Hampson from the housing association said: “We launched the challenge after our team saw first-hand the extent of food poverty affecting some residents in the region.

“Since September the local teams across Manchester have been working tirelessly to raise money and work with partners like Emanuel Whittaker to gather donations in order to achieve our target. The generosity of Emanuel Whittaker and their sub-contractors will certainly help.”

Support the Challenge on Twitter @Mcr_Challenge and “like” it on Facebook: Your Mcr Challenge

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