Getting festive to support local charity Hestia

Colleagues and partners at offices in Slough have turned their festive decorations into a gift appeal in support of a local charity.

Osborne and Slough Borough Council work in partnership to provide a wide range of services to over 7,000 homes including repairs, compliance, voids and caretaking with a commitment to supporting the local community.

Hestia, a charity which supports adults and children in crisis, including mental health and complex needs, modern day slavery response and domestic abuse refuge, is also based at Hawker House, so staff decided to support them with a Christmas Present Appeal.

Launched by Cabinet Member for Corporate Finance & Housing Councillor Nazir alongside children from the Holy Family Primary School Art Club, who helped paint and decorate the tree, staff will be invited to take a bauble from the tree containing a gift wish, which they will purchase and then wrap together, with all gifts being donated through Hestia to disadvantaged children, particularly those affected by domestic violence.

Sharon Crawley, Specialist Domestic Abuse /Outreach Worker at Hestia, said: “I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response and effort which your teams have put into this! What started as a small tree has grown massively.

“I am absolutely delighted and I know the benefit this will bring to some of our families within the Slough area. Thank you all very much.”

Jo Fletcher, Head of Engagement at Osborne Communities, said: “Meeting Sharon and her team to understand the tremendous work they do was overwhelming so we are thrilled to work with everyone to make this Christmas a little extra special for these vulnerable children.”