Christmas isn’t just a time of year for families, for many it’s also a reminder to think of others, and this year was no exception. Over 70 young people across York had a brighter Christmas thanks to the generosity of residents at the York Science Park.
Nought E Foods, located in the Park Central Bistro, offer residents the opportunity to donate gifts to disadvantaged children living the in local area, through their ‘Giving Tree’. The tree is displayed throughout December, and residents are offered the chance to take a gift tag, with a child’s age, and buy an appropriate gift, they then wrap the gift, attach the tag, and drop the gifts back off under the tree.
The toys are distributed by local charity The Island, on Christmas Day. The Island have been operating since 2007, offering support to vulnerable 8 – 13 year-olds in York who struggle to cope at home, at school, or in the wider community. As well as the Christmas Gift collection they connect young people with volunteer mentors to provide them with guidance and support, whilst providing them with ‘islands of space and time’.
In 2014 residents donated enough gifts for 50 children to receive a special gift on Christmas Day, thanks to the collection. In 2015 residents were even more generous, and donated a total of 72 gifts to the collection. Victoria Gianini, MD of Nought E Foods said “It’s really great to see so many people getting behind the gift collection. The Island are a great organisation, and it makes such a huge difference to the families involved.”
2015 saw residents of the Science Park donate to a range of charitable events and causes, including their ‘Wear it Red’ day in February for the British Heart Foundation, volunteering with the Young Enterprise Society, raising over £100 at the resident Christmas Party for the Two Ridings Community Foundation and the ‘Surviving Winter’ appeal, raising funds for the Mansions House Restoration Fund, and donating four trolleys of food to the York Cares Food Bank Collection.
Tracey Smith, CEO of York Science Park, said “Charity has always been a really important part of the work we do at York Science Park, and I’m proud of the range of charity events we’ve been able to contribute to in 2015, and I look forward to getting involved in more in 2016! The generosity of our residents is really amazing, and it’s great to see them consistently getting behind our events and getting involved.”