05 / 01 / 2022

Christmas is a time for giving and for Christmas 2021, we joined forces with leading UK construction and regeneration group Morgan Sindall Construction to sponsor 20 food hampers for The Forge Community Church in Debenham and its ‘away in a hamper’ campaign.

The campaign provided a Christmas meal for families in need in Suffolk and Norfolk, with a ‘Christmas dinner in a box’ with a turkey and all the trimmings.

The Forge Community Church worked with social services and local professionals to identify families in need, and volunteers then packed and delivered the items on Christmas Eve, with locations ranging from Newmarket to Lowestoft.

Jeremy Ling, temporary works manager and senior project engineer at Morgan Sindall Construction, volunteers for The Forge Community Church, and said: “This was the 11th year the scheme has run and it is such a rewarding thing to be part of as we spread some joy to families struggling to afford Christmas, and who are making some really tough choices between food and heating. We dropped off 130 hampers in total and it’s really special to see the faces of those we support and the difference it makes to them. A massive thank you to Morgan Sindall and Lovell for being so generous in purchasing some of the hampers to support our local communities.”

The hampers were full of delicious goodies that were a Gressingham turkey, vegetables, sausages, stuffing, gravy, dessert, candles, and crackers; all things that create the perfect festive dinner and that the whole family could enjoy.

Becky Warnock, director of the local and global community for The Forge Community Church, said: “Some of the situations these families find themselves in at Christmas are devastating. From having lost loved ones to workless households; for whatever reason, Christmas was always going to be difficult. By providing the Christmas meal, we aimed to make Christmas just that little bit easier for these families and we try to bring them a bit of hope at a difficult time. It’s only possible because of the generosity of individuals, organisations, and companies like Lovell and Morgan Sindall that make this possible.”