> Monthly Archives: December 2015

William Jackson Food Group helps deliver Christmas to more than 18,000 local children

We’re delighted to support Viking FM’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign this year which aims to ensure no child goes without a gift at Christmas and helps the most vulnerable children in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Nicholas Oughtred, WJFG Chairman said: “We’ve had gift collection points at Aunt Bessie’s, Jackson’s Bakery and also our pub,  The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms. Colleagues across our Group have really been getting behind the initiative with donations, as well as volunteering to help sort and deliver the gifts.  This is such a worthwhile appeal and we really want to help make a difference to children in our local communities this Christmas.”

This year, with our support, the Cash for Kids appeal has delivered a record breaking number of gifts to over 18,000 children in the region.

Charlotte Pickering, Cash for kids Charity Manager added; “Mission Christmas is a lifeline to thousands of local children and families living in very difficult circumstances, each year we are humbled by the generosity of the general public and we simply couldn’t be making this difference without the general public buying that extra gift whilst shopping, swapping the work Secret Santa or giving up an hour of time to volunteer.”

The gifts have been distributed to organisations responsible for the care of children including Hull Women’s Aid, Scunthorpe’s Sure Start Children’s Centres, Hull City Council Leaving Care team and many other organisations in the region.

Photos show some of our colleagues volunteering to sort and distribute gifts.

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School provides seasonal singing treat for Aunt Bessie’s colleagues

We’ve arranged a special afternoon for our Aunt Bessie’s factory and office colleagues with festive choral performances from local school children.

A class of 30 key stage two pupils from Bransholme’s Bude Park Primary School will spread some early Christmas cheer as they serenade staff during their lunch hour with Christmas carols.

WJFG’s Chairman, Nicholas Oughtred said: “We are thrilled to stage these performances which are an exert of the recent concert produced by Opera North’s Singing Schools project which we have proudly sponsored since it began in September 2014.

“With our local heritage dating back to 1851, we are always keen to support initiatives across the city. Our funding for the Singing School’s project has helped provide singing and performing arts tuition for everyone at the school for up to three hours a week.

“We wanted to share some of this work with our own colleagues many of whom also do so much for their communities, both in their own time and as part of WJFG community engagement programmes.”

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A tree-mendous thank you to our volunteers

Thanks to all our volunteers who helped us plant 5,000 trees in Hull during National Tree Week earlier this month as part of our Bicentennial Tree Project.

We started the project in March 2013 with the aim of planting 200,000 trees in Hull by our 200th anniversary in 2051. So far 21,000 trees have been planted.

We have several partner organisations in the city which are supporting our efforts. Hull City Council has kindly allowed us to plant trees on patches of their land and Mires Beck plant nursery at North Cave is growing trees for the project. Last week we also welcomed support from our own colleagues at Aunt Bessie’s and Jackson’s Bakery in Hull, as well as the council, TCV and ARCO.