Each Christmas for the last 3 years, my team and I have been collecting presents for children who are ill in hospital over the Christmas period. This has been led by Kath Thomas and Leanne Rogers who have put a lot of time and effort into doing this for children less fortunate than their own, by asking staff at Tesco head Office in Cardiff to “buy one extra” present for Christmas.
This year we wanted to kick it up a gear. After discussions about how we will manage this year’s activity and who we collect for, we decided to support Tŷ Hafan. Not only is it a wonderful charity, helping children and families in Wales, but we have a member of staff whose daughter has been supported by Tŷ Hafan since her birth a couple of years ago.
Myself, Kath, Leanne and Andrew Goulding led the activity within our site and local retail stores with one aim to; ‘to better last year and make it a Christmas to remember’.
Boy, did we better last year!
The support didn’t stop there. There was so much desire from members of staff to do more, we brought a group of over 20 staff members to help wrap the presents we donated
As well as wrapping presents, the team at Tŷ Hafan gave a tour of the facilities, bringing home the great work Tŷ Hafan does for the children and their families to everyone. Let’s just say tissues were needed and a number of the team have committed to be official Tŷ Hafan volunteers.
Personally, the most humbling experience I have ever had was being asked to play Father Christmas. I have never played Father Christmas before but I do remember the first time I met him as a child and the feeling that gave me (my team can’t believe I can remember that far back!!!). I felt the pressure building as I walked down the corridor to the sounds of children having fun at their “Frozen” pantomime, there was no going back now as I started shaking my bells and calling “Ho Ho Ho”. The magic of Christmas hit me as hard as the little girl who ran up and hugged Santa.
What an experience. I know that children never forget their first experience of meeting Santa but I can testify that being Father Christmas for the first time was an experience that will never be beaten.
With the thought of making Christmas better, we wanted to not only help the children and families but do something directly for Tŷ Hafan. We were pleased to be able to arrange to supply the site a large screen 3d TV, Blue ray player and 4 Hudl tablets.
One of Tesco’s objectives is to use our scale for good and this year was the best ever for using the scale of our operations both in our office and our stores.