So far, Platform has donated over £27,000 to local community groups up and down the country to help make sure vulnerable local families who may otherwise have gone without, have what they need to make the best of the festive season.
Marion Duffy, chief operations officer at Platform Housing Group said: “We know that for many, Christmas is a struggle and we want to play our part in alleviating that. We want as many local families as possible to benefit from our donations and to have something to make their Christmas a memorable one.”
One of the 2021 Lincolnshire beneficiaries was the Horncastle Support Team, who received £1,000 and spokesman Isabel Forrester said: “The funding came in so helpful for us as it will cover our expenses for our Christmas parcels we’ve just given and still have some left over for after the Christmas rush, as January and February are always so busy.”
The fund was established in April 2021 and has to date distributed over £1 million to those in need.
The programme of donations have been made from Platform’s £1.4 million Wellbeing Fund, which offers Platform customers fast and flexible support with cash to help cover the cost of food, essential items such as school uniforms, energy and utility costs, as well as helping bridge the gap between a benefit application and first payment.