Getting in the festive spirit helping local communities
11 Jan 2024
Teams from across the south east have been getting into the festive spirit by helping local communities.
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Over in Essex, the M25 junction 28 project team were ‘de-lighted’ to support the Harold Hill Christmas light switch on event. Organised by volunteers, it includes a Christmas market, fairground rides, entertainment and, of course, a chance to meet the big man himself – Santa in his Grotto. And we made sure each child visiting the grotto received a gift.
In Kent, at our M2 junction 5 improvement scheme, we’ve helped light up Stockbury by donating new Christmas lights, which are now shining over the village green.
We also understand that sometimes people need a helping hand and will turn to foodbanks, especially at this time of year. On junction 28, we’ve once again been able to donate food and toiletries to The Trussell Trust foodbank in Brentwood. The team also collected toys that will be handed out by the Trust to children who might not receive a gift this Christmas.
We’ve also donated vans full of food and toiletries (almost 1,600kgs, or ten reindeers, worth!!) to foodbanks close to our offices in Medway and Basingstoke alongside our construction partners.
The M2 team have also helped local charities, with a donation to the Maidstone Homeless Collection and through an office collection, toys have been donated to Demelza Hospice for Children in Sittingbourne. Arriving in a site van rather than a sledge, the sack was overflowing with toys including remote control cars, board games and dolls.
Donning Christmas jumpers, volunteers from junction 28 have been helping at the Salvation Army Centre near our office in Guildford. They were tasked to put together Christmas food bags, decorating the centre ahead of their Christmas events, and organising the food bank ready for emergency food parcels.
We’re committed to making a real difference for the communities near our roads – well done to everyone involved.