Making Memories… Giving Hope

Volunteers wrap over 2,000 CHICKSmas presents


Every year, CHICKS provides respite breaks to hundreds of vulnerable children and young people from across the UK. As part of their "CHICKS experience", every single child who comes on a break receives Christmas presents and cards at the end of the year.

Many of the young people referred to us live in poverty and a range of other difficult circumstances, so Christmas presents are often a luxury they will not receive. With your continued support and generous donations, we can make sure that every child who has come on a CHICKS break has at least one present to open on Christmas morning.

Over the last few weeks, hundreds of volunteers from four of our corporate partners have kindly loaded up with wrapping paper, scissors and sellotape to wrap thousands of presents for this year's children. We would like to give a huge thanks to everyone from Splunk, Linkcity, PepsiCo and Hermes for helping to make Christmas wishes come true.

An extra special thanks goes to Hermes, who in addition to wrapping also donated their delivery services to ensure that every present was delivered in time for the big day!

Speaking after the Hermes present wrapping day at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, CHICKS Partnerships & Regional Manager Mabel Duncombe commented: "Thank you so much to each and every person who gave up their time to ensure that hundreds of children across the UK will now wake up on Christmas morning to a wonderful parcel full of small gifts and a card hand-decorated just for them."

She added: "Particular thanks to Hermes for also providing bespoke boxes with a lovely Christmas message on them, and delivering every present to children all over the UK for free. We truly couldn't do this without your help!"

This year's Christmas present wrapping in numbers

  • 508: Children who will receive Christmas presents from CHICKS this year
  • 2,032: Presents wrapped and sent out to the children (that's 4 pressies each!)
  • 310: Volunteers who kindly donated their time to help wrap this year's gifts
  • 21: Hours spent wrapping (there was also plenty of time spent preparing!)

Employees at Splunk wrapping Christmas presents
Software development company Splunk kicked off proceedings...

Employees at PepsiCo wrapping Christmas presents
...PepsiCo contributed a whole host of presents from their UK HQ...

Employees at Linkcity wrapping Christmas presents
...Linkcity joined in the fun the following week...

Employees at Hermes wrapping Christmas presents
...before Hermes wrapped up at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

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