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Helping old and vulnerable people


Caremark (Kirklees) was delighted to be part of an appeal which ensured Christmas presents were provided to elderly and other vulnerable people in Huddersfield.

Suzanne Gunson and her daughters Amy and Lizzie collected more than 1,200 gifts donated by local people for their Santa’s Seniors appeal.

They set up the appeal in 2017 with the aim of ensuring people who may be on their own, and lonely, over the festive period received some Christmas cheer.

Given many of our clients are old and/or vulnerable, we were approached by Suzanne and asked if we would be willing to deliver some of the gifts that had been donated. We were, of course, only too happy to help.

Our care and support workers did an amazing job delivering dozens of presents and we know the people who received them were very grateful.

Caremark (Kirklees) Care Manager Leah Gledhill said: “We were pleased to be able to support such a worthy appeal by delivering some of the presents that has been donated by kind people in Huddersfield.

“Many of our clients live on their own and Christmas can be a very lonely time, especially if there is no support network, so the presents made a massive difference.

“Even though they were donated by strangers, it demonstrated to those who received them that there are many kind people out there.”

Suzanne and her daughters are planning to run the same appeal next year - and are hoping to make it bigger and better.

They are asking people to hang onto unwanted Christmas presents until October this year when they can be donated to Santa’s Seniors.

You can follow the project on Facebook at ‘SantasSeniors’.

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