NatWest staff collect hampers to support Discovery Park’s Porchlight appeal

Posted on 14/12/16

Natwest bank staff have created more than a dozen hampers for the service users of homeless charity Porchlight, adding their support to the £10,000 raised with the support of tenants at Discovery Park during 2016.

Porchlight works across Kent, helping people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; some people are homeless, others are struggling to cope with the pressures in their lives and need support.

Staff from across the Kent Coast area – including the new Discovery Park office - have collected items such as toiletries, books and chocolates along with hats and scarves all made up into hampers for those in need this Christmas.

Aby Evans, Manager for Broadstairs and Discovery Park, said: “NatWest prides itself on reaching out to our communities and the staff have utterly enjoyed donating gifts to those who may not receive any.

“I started the collection in September after being moved by the experience of a former service user who told us and other tenants here at Discovery Park his amazing story of how Porchlight helped him to get his life back on track.

“It took around 10 weeks to collect, with each hamper containing a hat, scarf, gloves and socks. Along with basic toiletries we also collected plenty of books and chocolate to share plus large bags of towels blankets and clothes for Porchlight to deliver to those in need.”

Kevin Guy, Regional Director for NatWest across the South East, added: “I am incredibly proud of the real difference our staff within our Kent Coast Branches are making to the lives of those that need it most.

“Whilst this time of year is joyous for many within the communities we are privileged to serve, we recognise that it can be incredibly lonely and challenging for some and we are genuinely delighted to support Porchlight who do such amazing work locally.”

Lauren Moore, Leasing Executive, Discovery Park, said:

“Huge thanks must go to Aby and the NatWest team for organising this collection, part of a huge outpouring of support from tenants throughout 2016 for our charity of the year.

“Their support – from hampers to October’s Big Sleep Out fundraiser - will help Porchlight to continue its work – providing essential services to Kent’s most vulnerable people, and providing them with the most important thing at this time of year – hope.”

To find out more about the work of Porchlight in Kent, visit their website:

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