This year, we decided to scrap Secret Santa and opt for something a bit more charitable and meaningful.
We asked our colleagues and customers to put their money towards helping other people by collecting food for local charities – and the response was staggering!
On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December, we were able to visit Cardiff Foodbank and Llanrumney Hall Community Trust respectively to donate boxes upon boxes of food, toiletries, cleaning products and other critical things so desperately needed by local families. The total weight donated was approx 470kg spread across boxes, crates and bags.
Our staff, customers, clients and friends spent weeks helping us to build our pile of donations – and we were finally able to drop them off last week. Together with our storage customers CMB Engineering, the company who took on the Llamrumney Hall project and restored the site to its former glory, we delivered the boxes to the impressive manor house.
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The Llanrumney Hall pantry ‘is a community facility that aims to reduce food poverty in Cardiff East and provide affordable and accessible food and household essentials to the local community’.
“Due to Covid, we’re seeing a lot more people stuck in food poverty traps but the work that people like Marcus Rashford have done has really helped to raise awareness of the issue,” said Dean Daly, Operations Manager of blue self storage. “We have a huge and incredibly generous customer base, and with everyone giving a little, we’ve been able to give a lot.”
“It’s fantastic to have companies like blue self storage pitch in and help as well. It’s a great charity that really does a lot for the people of east Cardiff,” Bertie added.
On the Llanrumney Hall Community Trust itself, Steven Borley said: “This is a family project for us as we grew up locally and employ a lot of people from around here. Before we took it on, it was ripe for being burned down and destroyed; now we’ve invested approximately 2 million pounds into the projects with the help of the council, the lottery and other funders. We’ve turned it back into a country house full of myth and mystery, as it should be.”
We would like to thank everyone who contributed towards our festive food collection; the donations were gratefully received by both Cardiff Foodbank and Llanrumney Hall Community Trust pantry.
Hopefully this small act of kindness will go a long way towards helping those less fortunate this Christmas.
Special thanks to the following for their generous donations – together we made it happen!
- Maltings Document Storage Solutions
- Amitech IT Ltd
- A-Team Security – UK
- Commercial Transfer
- M4 Freight
- Complete Office Moves
- Tony Costello
- Wal Islam
- A1 Bodyshop
- PA Promotions
- Asad Qadeer
Why we’re focused on charity & community
Our commitment to helping local charities is led by the people in our team. All of us will and have been affected by various issues at times, and all of us know what it’s like to see friends, family and loved ones struggle with different matters.
Whether it’s losing a friend to cancer, watching a parent struggle with an illness, or feeling inspired by a friend battling a mental health issue, the endless reasons to support hard-working charities are all around us.
How we’ve helped local causes during Covid-19…
- blue self storage & partner companies donate £5000 to Marie Curie
- Watch our 200+ Easter eggs travel on an #eggcellentadventure to Cardiff Foodbank →
- We’re celebrating Cerebral Palsy Cymru with a year of free storage →
- We join forces to donate 3D printers to schools across Wales (external link) →
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