Gift, With Love Launch Event

Osborne Property Services, in partnership with Slough Borough Council have been working with Hestia for the launch of their Gift, With Love Appeal for 2019.

Hestia is a charity that supports over 9,000 adults and children in crisis across London every year. They provide support for those experiencing domestic abuse, modern slavery and mental health needs.

The campaign, Gift, With Love is a one year campaign comprising of three strands. The first strand is centred on quarterly gifting to support families, through various themes including, Mother’s Day, summer break up, a back to school pack and a Christmas appeal. Local schools will also play an important role in the creative building of the seasonal display and understanding the importance of giving back to the community. The second strand is about creating work placement opportunities for the women linked with Hestia.  The aim is provide a welcoming work environment where service users can build confidence and gain experience to support their career pathway.

Finally and as part of the campaign, we are asking our people and supply chain to donate business clothes.  These donations will be shared with service users to help prepare them for interviews.
The event began with pupils from Holy Family Primary School displaying their work for the Mother’s Day Campaign where they had designed butterflies and flowers as wall art.

Windsor Forest Colleges Group – Langley College, Hair and Beauty Team were also in attendance, providing head massages to guests. The college has already pledged their support to the campaign through Hair & Beauty vouchers for service users.

Anita Herbert, Community Investment Manager at Osborne opened the event and welcomed those who attended. Abigail Ampofo, Regional Director of Operations of Hestia talked passionately of the amazing work the charities achievements and aims  before Sharon Crawley, Specialist Domestic Abuse Intervention Worker of Hestia told a story of someone who’s life has benefitted from the work of Hestia.

It was a fantastic chance to see the work that Hestia have already achieved, whilst gaining support and momentum for the upcoming campaign. There was also a chance for guests to ask questions at the end.

Abigail Ampofo, Regional Director of Operations, Hestia said:
“We are grateful for Osborne and Slough Borough Council’s support of Hestia’s domestic abuse services in Slough, through their new Gift, With Love campaign. Many women and children escaping an abusive relationship leave with few belongings and in the first instance this campaign will help families get back on their feet. In the second instance, by providing work experience and CV workshops, parents affected will have a chance to rebuild their confidence and, in the long-run, their families lives.”
Councillor Nazir, who attended the event commented: “This campaign will not only raise awareness of Hestia, but by engaging with local schools and colleges, there is a true feeling of our community coming together for the greater good. Our shared aims for the campaign over the coming year are; that we create work placements, raise awareness and gift those families who often arrive at Hestia with no more than the clothes they are wearing”.

If you would like to know more about Gift, With Love or would like to donate to the campaign, please do get in touch with Anita Herbert on 07799 905178 or email [email protected].