In LIGHT of Panasonic UK's 100th year anniversary, kind-hearted staff are supporting local charities by donating food and gifts in the run up to Christmas.

Team members at Panasonic UK in Bracknell took part in a challenge to support a local food bank, run by the Trussell Trust foundation.

The project was carried out for two weeks where a total of 193 gifts and 144 food items were collected for Kerith Community church.

Richard Mills, HR director said: “I think it is a really positive thing as we collected nearly 150 food items which speaks volumes.”

“We gave food items to local food bank charities and as it is the 100th year anniversary, we wanted to celebrate and involve all of the staff.”

Panasonic staff in Bracknell were also granted one day of paid leave in exchange of volunteering for a charity of their choice.

He added: “The ethos resonates within the company, going back to 1918 when the founder created values such as the importance to contribute to society – so we are trying to increase this and give back – those values are still alive and well today.

“The feedback from staff has been fantastic and the charities really appreciate the extra help.”

Melanie Woods, housing and recovery lead at Kerith said: “Kerith Community Church would like to thank all at Panasonic in Bracknell for their kind donations of gifts and food items for our Christmas Hampers.

“It is such a privilege to treat our guests to a really special afternoon of Festive fun, and each guest leaves with a hamper and gifts for children which are so appreciated. Thank you for bringing hope this Christmas.”

Managing director at Panasonic UK, Simon Grantham said: “We are proud to be able to take part in this initiative and support those in our local community.”

Richard hopes the food donation will become a permanent fixture for Christmas in the future.