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Donation for Christmas Toy Appeal Brings Smiles

21 Dec 2020

We’re genuinely delighted at AluK to be able to give £1000 to the Christmas Toy Appeal being run by the inspirational team behind the Risca CV19 Volunteers charity.

Set up in March by Dawn Derravan and Tara Holloway Scott, the wife of our Continuous Improvement Manager, Lewis Scott, Risca CV19 has already delivered some fantastic initiatives to help all those in the area who have been hardest hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and ongoing crisis.

190 volunteers are running a foodbank, a free packed lunch programme for disadvantaged families and a school uniform recycling project. They are also making 150 kindness calls week to the elderly and isolated to make sure they are being looked after and to help combat loneliness.

Now, they have launched a Toy Appeal to ensure that vulnerable children affected by the pandemic get new toys and gifts this Christmas. With involvement from neighbouring community councils, they will be distributing gifts to the neediest families, as well as to children with complex care and life-limiting illnesses, who are likely to spend Christmas in specialist units and hospitals across the Aneurin Bevan health board.

In fact, we’ve been so inspired by the work of the charity that we’re also getting involved with the DIY SOS style property makeover they’re undertaking. Work starts soon to transform the ground floor of the old Rolling Mill pub in Risca into a community hub for Risca CV19 Volunteers, offering free and subsidised fresh food for those in need and a host of other community and wellbeing projects.

The Pobl Group housing charity are supporting the project and local contractors and trades people are getting involved to transform the space. AluK will be working with a local architect to design the new façade and we’re joining forces with a local fabricator and installer to donate brand new AluK windows and doors for the project.

We’re proud to be able to do our bit in helping a team who are so dedicated to making a difference. You can find out more about the wonderful work of RCV-UK here.

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