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Bakkavor staff donate 150 presents to the Newark Salvation Army Christmas Appeal during cost-of-living crisis

A factory's staff have donated more than 100 Christmas presents to a charity appeal, as families face financial hardship over the festive season.

Bakkavor Newark staff bought and donated toys to be distributed by the Newark Salvation Army as part of its toy appeal.

Representatives of the charity visited the factory to collect the 150 Christmas presents the staff have donated.

Bakkavor staff have bought and donated 150 presents for the Salvation Army toy appeal. (61325274)
Bakkavor staff have bought and donated 150 presents for the Salvation Army toy appeal. (61325274)

Caron Varney, senior human resources partner at Bakkavor Desserts said: "Given the economic pressures that have impacted every family and business in recent months, Christmas may be a difficult time financially for many families.

"We are proud to support the work of the Salvation Army and the Christmas toy appeal ensures every child wakes up to a present on Christmas morning.

"I'd like to thank my colleagues at Bakkavor for their enormous generosity in building such a fine Grotto of children's presents. Santa may get the glory when it comes to going down the chimney, but my Bakkavor colleagues have been the hard working elves helping to ensure the sack of presents is full for the children in our community."

The Salvation Army wrapped the toys before distributing them to families in the area.

The donation marks an ongoing partnership between Bakkavor and the Salvation Army, with the factory donating hundreds of puddings for food hampers that the charity issued on Christmas Eve ­— an initiative that ensures that every family in the community has the chance to enjoy a festive meal at Christmas.

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