Fantastic Support for the KidsBank Appeal

12 December 2022

In the build up to Christmas, we have been delighted to have been supporting KidsBank Chester’s ‘One More Gift Appeal’, collecting donations of toys and gifts to help some of the 9,000 children living in poverty across Chester.

The appeal has been fabulously supported with donations from our clients, colleagues and the wider community and we have been able to contribute over 200 gifts. In addition, as sponsors of Chester Ruby Club we were delighted that their members also got on board members collecting an additional 150 plus toys and gifts, giving us a joint grand total of over 350 donations!

In addition to the donated toys and gifts, several of our colleagues were able to volunteer some of their time to help with the organising, packing and distribution of the gifts across Cheshire. Louise Holmes, Solicitor and Associate Director, Kainat Jones, Solicitor, David Gaweda, Independent Financial Adviser and Phil Wood, Marketing Manager all spent a day at the KidsBank Grotto or in their own four-wheeled sleighs ensuring that the gift parcels were received in plenty of time.

KidsBank Chester was set up in 2019 by Cathy Pettingale based on the idea of food banks, but supplying toys, clothes and equipment to children within a 20-mile radius of Chester. To date they have supported more than 2,500 local children.

It is the third year that KidsBank has run its Christmas donation appeal this year, they expect to donate to more than 750 children.

KidsBank Office Manager Lisa Metcalfe said: “We can’t thank the team at Cullimore Dutton enough for their fantastic support, both in terms of the donated gifts, but also their help with packing and distribution.

“Their efforts will go a long way to ensuring that as many children as possible will receive a bundle of gifts this Christmas.”

Louise Holmes, Solicitor and Associate Director at Cullimore Dutton, said: “It has been fantastic to support KidsBank in the build up to Christmas and the ever-growing haul of gifts which built up in our client waiting area during November brought a little bit of Christmas cheer into our offices.

“To personally be involved with the packing and delivery of the donations was a wonderful experience and truly brought home to me the generosity of the people of Chester. I was also delighted to be able to help with the distribution of the gift packages to those in need across the City. This charity and its supporters make a real difference and help to change lives.”

The end of this years “One More Gift” appeal will not mean the end of Cullimore Dutton’s support for KidsBank, and we hope that we can find many more creative ways of supporting this great cause over the coming months and years.