The Spirit of Christmas in Possilpark

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GLASGOW-based business, Allied Vehicles is celebrating its 25th Anniversary by getting behind the Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas campaign and donating all 254 Christmas gifts requested by the North West Health and Social Care Partnership for children in need of additional support based in Possilpark.

The Spirit of Christmas supports underprivileged children by donating Christmas gifts to those living in hardship and poverty. Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas launched during Christmas 2014 to provide gifts for children living locally all over Glasgow and surrounding regions. The request went out to staff who were keen to help local children, and the directors of the business have agreed to fulfil any remaining pledges.

The initiative was thoroughly embraced by staff across all departments in the business, with one department even getting together to buy a child a bike!

Allied Vehicles co-chairman and founder Gerry Facenna said, “Allied Vehicles has been based in Possilpark for all of the 25 years we’ve been in business and it’s great whenever we’re able to give something back to our local community.

We wanted to ensure all the children involved in Possilpark would wake up on Christmas morning with a gift and we’ve been so impressed with how excited our staff got behind this initiative.’

Allied has also sponsored the lights for the Christmas tree at Saracen Cross and the company also held a Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children.

Louise Lowrie, Team Leader, North West Health and Social Care Partnership added: “Possilpark and its surrounding areas have some of the highest levels of poverty and disadvantage in the city. Allied Vehicles has absolutely embraced the ‘spirit of Christmas’ and all the staff at Mansion St social work department have been so impressed and heart-warmed by the commitment of the company and its employees to put something in their local community. Social Work Services works with some of the most vulnerable children in society and all too often Christmas does not hold the same sense of excitement for them, as it does for others. The generosity shown by Allied staff will make such a difference towards ensuring all those children are able to enjoy their Christmas day in the way that you would want. We are so grateful to them and have been absolutely caught up in the enthusiasm shown.”