Christmas Comes Early for Barnardo's - Walker Morris Employees Show Festive Cheer

23/12/2009

Walker Morris Christmas Toy Appeal
Sarah Kalboussi from Barnardo's (centre) unloads the presents with Jeanette Harwood (left) and Rachel Cowper (right) both from Walker Morris

Employees at law firm Walker Morris have demonstrated that Christmas spirit is stronger than ever, despite economic predictions, by donating sacks full of presents to Barnardo's.

The law firm teamed up with the children's charity for a Christmas gift donation to help struggling families. Employees gave an overwhelming response, donating over 90 presents – their biggest Christmas Toy Collection yet.

Jeanette Harwood, Partner and Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee at Walker Morris, said:
"We are delighted with the number of donations we've had, which is even more than last year. People have really dug deep and bought some fantastic presents.

As a major employer in Yorkshire, I think everyone at Walker Morris recognises the importance of creating a positive social impact by supporting the community and people where we live and work. This appeal has certainly demonstrated that."

Sarah Kalboussi, Intensive Family Support Worker at Barnardo's Intensive Family Support Service said:
"We are so grateful to Walker Morris for donating these gifts. It will make such a difference to the children on Christmas Day. The families we work with face a huge amount of stress, both financially and emotionally, and have difficulty in meeting their children's struggle to give their children the Christmas they would like. These presents will really help to alleviate some of the pressure on the parents, and provide a bit of Christmas cheer for everyone on Christmas Day."

Terry Spicer, Head of HR at Walker Morris, explains:
"The project is part of the Leeds Cares initiative, which is the community projects arm of 'Business In The Community' (BITC) in the local area. We support Leeds Cares to enable us to select community projects for our staff to get involved in. In this way we can help local communities with projects for which they have either no funding or resource to complete. The response from those involved with these projects is always positive and we always have plenty of willing volunteers."

Other current Leeds Cares projects which Walker Morris are involved in include 'Right to Read' for which Walker Morris send staff every week to local primary schools to help them with their reading for an hour each week.