Last Christmas In Touch donated a wealth of toys and gifts to the leading children's charity Wood Street Mission. Read our press release to learn more
In Touch were delighted to have been awarded a certificate of thanks from Wood Street Mission for its major contribution to the prominent Manchester charity’s recent Christmas Appeal. Back in mid-December, In Touch staff trekked across Spinningfields to drop off the nearly 200 presents they had collected for their near neighbors.
Wood Street Mission is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year. Having originally been established to provide aid to the poor, destitute and homeless, the mission has grown to become something of a Manchester institution.
Founded in 1869, the mission provided accommodation for homeless children, provided meals for the hungry and later built summer camps and sports facilities for the disadvantaged. The most enduring project of all though, was the donation of Christmas presents to poor and disadvantaged children, a tradition which continues to this day, and one which In Touch is very proud to support.
In Touch staff generously donated toys, books and games to the Wood Street Mission Christmas Present Appeal, a campaign which reached nearly 4000 children from families that would otherwise have gone without presents at Christmas.
In Touch Futures CEO, Matt Roberts said: “I’m incredibly proud that thanks to the generosity and compassion of our staff, so many children will have had the Christmas they deserve. Our in-house charity, In Touch Futures, is dedicated to supporting children and young people through education and training, and these are aims we share with Wood Street Mission. Children should be given opportunities in life, and at a time like Christmas, the chance to enjoy themselves is the most important one we can give.”
While business is booming in Manchester, it is the second worst local authority in the country for child poverty with 35.5% of children under 16 living below the poverty line; even in wealthier areas such as West Didsbury, one in ten children is still growing up in poverty.
Matt adds: “As a father myself, I find it heart breaking that there are children in this city whose childhoods are blighted by poverty and need. I think it’s important that we give back to the people of Manchester, a city that has allowed all of us at In Touch to thrive.”
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