We haven't sent corporate Christmas or season's greetings cards for a number of years now. Instead, we choose to make donations to two local charities.
This year of all years has shown each of us the true spirit of community with the charitable sector becoming the absolute backbone of our communities, as support and as a lifeline for many more individuals and families than they have ever seen before.
On this basis we have chosen two charitable causes who with the help of their volunteers have been right at the heart of their communities throughout the pandemic, providing adults, children and families with food, clothing, warmth, kindness and support.
We're proud to announce that we have chosen the Fleetwood Together community partnership and The Salvation Army Bridge Project to receive our donations this year.
At the start of the pandemic in early March 2020, Fleetwood came together to form a co-ordinated response to the Coronavirus crisis.
Representatives from local groups acted quickly to ensure the local community would know who they can turn to for help and support.
Fleetwood Together was formed with thanks to; Fleetwood Town Community Trust, Healthier Fleetwood, Wyre Council, Lancashire County Council, Fleetwood Town Football Club, West View Community Centre, Fleetwood Trust, Rossall School, The Fisherman's Mission, Mustard Seed, Men's Shed, the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and the United Reformed Church - AND the many local people who came forward and volunteer throughout and right up to now - picking and packing food parcels, delivering food and supplies, signposting to other agencies and offering support where they can.
The Salvation Army Bridge Project, Blackpool
The Salvation Army in Blackpool has continued to support the vulnerable members of the local community, adapting its services during the coronavirus pandemic.
A lunch stop has been set up in the car park of the church and community centre, located on Raikes Parade, for those in the town experiencing homelessness and times of crisis.
Captain Simon Clampton from The Salvation Army in Blackpool said:
"The vulnerable people of Blackpool desperately need our help and although we have had to adapt the services that we offer, we will not retreat at a time when we’re needed most.
"The challenges that we, and indeed the community, face in these times are enormous but supporting those that can’t support themselves at this difficult time is what is key. We hope that by providing this lunch service it will allow people to find the strength to keep going and of course have interaction, at a safe distance in line with guidelines, at a time when they may not see anyone else."
We would like to thank both charities for their care and commitment to local people during this time.
Please find out more about the work of both charities and how to make donations or volunteer here: