Halifax-based insurance specialists Caravan Guard are giving away nearly £5,000 to four local food bank charities this Christmas to help families in need across their district.
A hamper full of a dozen assorted food essentials, worth more than £100, was given to Calderdale Smartmove, Halifax to kickstart the charity campaign.
And then four charities were each given £1,200 – the equivalent of £100 a month for the next year – so they could buy the same essential items every month in 2023.
These charities are Calderdale Smartmove, Focus4Hope, Halifax Community Fridge and Noah’s Ark. They all support vulnerable families in the Halifax and Calderdale area to access free food by providing food parcels and hampers.
The Caravan Guard team also recreated the 12 Days of Christmas song to feature the donated food items, and enlisted the help of local singer, Chloe-Beth Hamer, to record the unique soundtrack.
The food items in the Christmas hamper were:
- 12 easy meals
- 11 boxes of teabags
- 10 cans of veggies
- 9 bags of porridge
- 8 milk cartons
- 7 tins of tuna
- 6 packs of pasta
- 5 fruit rings
- 4 tins of beans
- 3 bags of rice
- 2 jars of jam
- And a tin of instant coffee
Caravan Guard’s Associate Director, Laura Wilby, said their 12 Days of Christmas Giving aimed to help vulnerable families put food on their tables over Christmas and throughout 2023.
“With the ongoing rising living costs there are so many people struggling, and in some cases, they’re going hungry,” said Laura. “We hope our donation to these four charities will help make a positive difference to families in our community.”
Dom Furby, Deputy Chief Executive at Calderdale Smartmove, was thrilled to receive the hamper full of food essentials.
“This is amazing and will be welcomed by so many of our families,” he said. “The £1,200 donation will also allow us to keep our food room well stocked up with all the essentials throughout 2023. We’re helping more and more schools and families by providing regular food packages, which include everything from coffee and tea to rice, pasta, cereal and biscuits.”
Caravan Guard has a strong culture of supporting charitable causes. Each year it donates tens of thousands of pounds to local and national charities, including Overgate Hospice, Heart Research UK and Yorkshire Air Ambulance and caring completely is at the heart of its company values.