Northampton-based eCommerce fulfilment company James and James has helped ‘Mother Christmas’, Jeanette Walsh, reach her £10,000 fundraising target to make sure thousands of disadvantaged families, children and young people across Northamptonshire have something special to open on Christmas Day.
In lieu of James and James’s usual Christmas party, CEO and founder James Hyde purchased a raffle ticket for every single employee, submitting funds raised to Northampton Chronicle and Echo’s and Northants Telegraph’s Annual Christmas Toy Appeal.
On Monday 21 December, the order fulfilment specialist organised a bumper internal raffle event with over 70 prizes to be won including watches, wine, hampers, and clothing. Employee names were added to the prize draw and winners were announced on the day.
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a tough year, and for hundreds of disadvantaged children and families, this will be one of the hardest festive seasons they’ve ever experienced. Jeanette and Northamptonshire County Council’s social services team will be using the raised funds to buy presents and gifts for looked-after children across the whole of the county.
In previous years the organisers requested physical toy donations in-person, but this year the team came up with a solution to continue creating memorable Christmasses.
Editorial director David Summers said: “Since the appeal launched in 2002 our generous readers have donated thousands of toys, making a real difference to disadvantaged children in Northamptonshire. This year is, of course, very different in many ways. But in other ways, it’s not different at all.”
James Hyde, James and James CEO and founder added, “There’s nothing quite like knowing you’ve made a difference. Being able to help create special memories for hundreds of disadvantaged families across the county fills me with immense pride.
“Coronavirus may have stopped us from doing a lot of what we’d normally do, but it won’t stop us from doing our bit and supporting great fundraising initiatives such as this. Not only that, but it’s nice to do something for our employees at Christmas. Despite the pandemic, we’ve kept up the festivities, whether it’s socially-distanced in person, or virtually.”
The JustGiving page, launched by the Chronicle & Echo and the Evening Telegraph and Wellingborough-based The Faraway Children’s Charity, will remain open until Christmas Day but the money has been used to buy the much-needed gifts from 10 December 2020.