Colleagues at Peterborough-based Whirlpool UK Appliances donated items to three local initiatives in the lead up to Christmas: the Peterborough Christmas Shoebox Appeal, Peterborough Soup Kitchen and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.
On behalf of the Peterborough Christmas Shoebox appeal, Whirlpool UK colleagues donated shoeboxes containing items such as toiletries, books, tinned food, clothes and biscuits. The appeal was established to support elderly people living in sheltered accommodation in the community, many of who may not have family, or have family that are unable to visit them during the Christmas period.
Including donations from Whirlpool, the Peterborough Christmas Shoebox appeal collected over 350 boxes in 2019, which were distributed amongst eight sheltered accommodation units, as well as to elderly patients receiving care at Peterborough City Hospital on Christmas Eve.
The company also donated food items to the Peterborough Soup Kitchen, a charity for homeless and disadvantaged people living in and around the city. The charity distributes soup, hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and take-away food from a specially adapted serving van in the city centre.
Christmas selection boxes donated by Whirlpool UK staff were given to the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. The boxes were given to children and family members visiting loved ones at the hospice over the Christmas period.
Ian Moverley, UK Corporate Reputation and Public Affairs Director, Whirlpool UK Appliances (parent company to KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Hotpoint and Indesit), said: “Whirlpool UK is committed to supporting the charities and local initiatives that work tirelessly for our community. Proving that Christmas is a time for giving, our colleagues were keen to get involved, generously donating a number of items to give something back to the disadvantaged living in our local area, as well as to the family members of those receiving life-prolonging treatment.”