In December 2020, Capita, the consulting, transformation and digital services business, donated 200 Christmas Cheer packs to help us support local residents and spread a little Christmas cheer.

The packs, which included hot chocolate, a candy cane, marshmallows and Christmas goodies were delivered by the charity to local children as part of their mobile Santa’s grotto. They were included with special Christmas Cheer family packs, which two Capita volunteers helped the charity to deliver.

Capita, which provides services for North Tyneside Council, also donated over £500 to Meadow Well Connected towards the Christmas lunches it provides for the local community. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, Capita staff were unable to help prepare the meals as they have done in previous years.

Mandi Cresswell, Chief Officer at Meadow Well Connected, said: “Capita has made a huge contribution to local people at Christmas for the last few years and this year we had to think creatively as to how to spread a bit of Christmas joy whilst complying with Covid-safe rules.

“Instead of the usual community Christmas lunch, 80 local residents will be receiving three pre-prepared meals and a gift pack delivered to cover Christmas Eve to Boxing Day. We can’t thank Capita enough for their continued support.”

We worked with local chef, Ben Townsend, and his team of volunteers to deliver Christmas meal packs across North Tyneside, with residents in the NE29 postcode area receiving an extra pack of goodies alongside their meals thanks to Capita's donation.

Here's what some of those people who received the meals said:

"The food was lovely and cheered my up through a bit of a lonely time."

"It was b%@@*/y lovely. The curry was ace, plus the Xmas dinner and broth hit the spot. Thank him very much, it was very kind of him"

Margie Burdis, Capita’s North Tyneside Partnership Director, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to support some really worthwhile causes this Christmas.

“It’s great to help bring a smile to people’s faces after what has been a really tough year.

“In particular, I know our staff were really pleased to be able to get involved as coronavirus has limited their volunteering opportunities for most of 2020.

“Next year, hopefully life begins to get back to normal and we can do lots more to help our local communities.”