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Westward staff donate shoeboxes to local refuges

Westward staff donate shoeboxes to local refuges

Generous staff compiled 25 shoeboxes filled with essentials and gifts for individuals and families in need over the festive period.

Westward’s Group Chief Executive, Barbara Shaw said: “Westward and MD Group colleagues wanted to make a difference so we all pulled together to help spread some Christmas cheer.”

Tim Horrell, Senior Contracts Manager at MD Group, said: “By teaming up it meant we could expand our support to reach those in need across the region.” 

The joint charity collection enabled staff to support three organisations including People Assisting Torbay’s Homeless (PATH) Torbay, Intagr8 Bideford, which assists those who are affected by mental health issues or addiction, and Westward’s own Young Parents Project at Stanley House in Plymouth.

PATH coordinator, Kath Friedrich said: “We are expecting a huge demand over Christmas as we will be the only refuge in the area that will remain open every day over the festive period.

“We will be reaching out to all those in crisis so your donations will make all the difference and will definitely brighten up someone’s Christmas.”

Intagr8 Bideford coordinator, Paula Dunn said: “Intagr8 are very grateful for this generous donation. It will benefit people who are struggling with mental health, addiction and homelessness.”


Photo: Westward’s Business Systems Support Officer, Emma Hallums and MD Group’s Contract Supervisor Gary Radford deliver shoeboxes to Kath Friedrich, right, coordinator at PATH Torbay.