CMS team raises over £1200 to support disadvantaged families this Christmas

Staff from CMS Group have raised more than £1200 in a year-long fundraising campaign for the Christmas appeal of Kirkcaldy-based charity The Cottage Family Centre.

Every December the charity undertakes a mammoth operation to mobilise a team of volunteers to deliver crates containing food, children’s toys and clothing to over 1300 children and their families throughout the Kirkcaldy area. This festive support helps parents to provide for their families over the Christmas period and ensures vulnerable children receive presents from ‘Santa’ and do not go hungry.

Members of the CMS team, led by its contracts manager John Deacon, volunteer every year to provide hands-on support for this exercise, including the use of its vans for deliveries and a facility at the company’s Hayfield site for storage, preparation of the crates and distribution. This year the team has gone the extra mile by raising money over the past 12 months to enable the Cottage Family Centre to purchase more items for inclusion in the crates.

Pauline Buchan, strategic manager at the Cottage Family Centre said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the team at CMS who have always played a big part in helping us get packages to so many families on our Christmas appeal delivery day. The extra donation is so very welcome to help us make sure that no child in our area will go without at Christmas.”

Billy Semple, Account Director at CMS Group said: “The Cottage Family Centre’s work is so important in helping families who are facing some very challenging circumstances, which is why we are dedicated to providing assistance throughout the year and, in particular, for their Christmas appeal. Well done to John Deacon and his colleagues for saving a little bit every week throughout 2020 to add to the overall fund available to buy much-needed food, toys and clothing.”

The Cottage Family Centre’s Christmas appeal delivery day will take place on Wednesday 23 December 2020 when volunteers will deliver crates to over 1300 children and their families. The space provided by CMS Group at its Hayfield Industrial Estate facility gives the charity a conveniently located logistical hub for the operation.