Bracknell firms sends boxfuls of joy

Published: 14 Jan 2014 16:300 comments

TWO Regus offices in Bracknell have been thanked for their efforts towards collecting gift-filled shoeboxes.

Children in Swaziland receive presents kindly donated through the Operation Christmas Child appeal.

The boxes – put together by members of the public, local businesses, schools and churches – have been given to needy and vulnerable children around Europe and Africa.

They contained items including sweets, toys, toothbrushes and colouring books and were distributed to underprivileged children in orphanages, hospitals and refugee camps.

The campaign was organised by national charity Samaritan’s Purse and was backed by the Regus centres at Arlington Square and The Ring.

Simon Barrington, executive director of Samaritan’s Purse, said: “The Regus network of local workplace centres was ideally positioned to support us with the appeal. We would like to thank Regus and all the members of the public who wrapped, packed and brought in their shoeboxes.

“Thanks to them, many thousands of children who otherwise wouldn’t have received any presents this Christmas knew they weren’t forgotten.”

Last year was the first time Regus has been involved in the shoebox appeal with the company’s 220 UK centres collecting more than 5,000 shoeboxes between them.

John Spencer, CEO of Regus in the UK, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in the appeal and the response has been fantastic. Our centre teams thoroughly enjoyed their participation.”

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