From mince pies to monetary donations, we’ve been spreading festive cheer across the UK this Christmas.

We’ve donated more than 20,000 cakes, such as mince pies, mini chocolate rolls and Christmas cakes, to charities across the country to support their valuable fundraising efforts.

For more than nine years, we’ve been supporting Crisis, the national homeless charity. This Christmas we’ve donated over 11,000 products, including 4,500 mince pies and 1,600 mini chocolate rolls, for guests of Crisis shelters to enjoy over the festive season.

In Hull, 500 mince pies were donated to the Santa’s grotto at the old park rangers hut in Alderman Kneeshaw Park. Whilst waiting to see Santa, families were invited to enjoy a delicious mince pie.

What’s more, 6,000 mince pies were donated for the Hull community to enjoy during this year’s Christmas lights switch on.

Our colleagues are passionate about supporting the local community and charities close to our hearts all year round. However, we know that Christmas can be a challenging time for many people, which is why we try to support as many charity events as possible during this period with donations of festive favourites.

One colleague in Hull has gone above and beyond this Christmas to raise money for Bliss, the charity supporting premature and sick newborn babies. Along with his family, Kevin Henning has raised over £600 for the charity through sponsored walks and bake sales.

Meanwhile in Blackburn, 1,000 festive favourites, including mince pies and Christmas cakes, have been donated to Blackburn Youth Zone to be included in festive hampers for local families to enjoy over the Christmas period.

We’ve also donated 500 mince pies for participants of Chorley’s Jingle All the Way to enjoy on the day. The event, a sponsored walk of approx. 15 miles with participants dressed as Santa, returned after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. All money raised during the event was donated to Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Elsewhere in the UK, 270 mince pies and 360 chocolate mini rolls were donated to HelpHarryHelpOthers, the Birmingham based cancer charity, for patrons to enjoy during its Carols by Candlelight event, which took place on the 16th December.

We hope our donations have helped spread a little bit of festive cheer this Christmas.