Plan Insurance Brokers and Family Business United have teamed up once again on a national campaign to help homeless this Christmas. The Family Business Santa Dash sees a decorated van tour the country to collect donations from generous family businesses across the UK, to help the Homeless and support national charity Emmaus. The trip began on December 3 and the Santa Dash van has already visited Manchester, Carlisle, Glasgow, Hinckley, Colchester, and Chelmsford, with further plans to stop in Redhill and Cobham. Several donations have been gathered from numerous charitable family firms such as HMG Paints, Century Office, Thomas Graham and G Seller. The donations will be redistributed via the Emmaus UK network across the country, and the Taxi Warm Clothing initiative in London.
This year, the Santa Dash is going all the way to Scotland, to fill the van with warm clothing items. Here is a snippet of the itinerary:
With figures from Shelter showing that there are now more than 250,000 homeless people in the UK today, it is clear how important a campaign like this is, and how it can make a difference. If you would like to get involved, you can help by making a donation on the Santa Dash JustGiving page.
Paul Andrews, Founder of Family Business United shared his thoughts on this year’s Santa Dash: “We can all afford to miss out on a coffee and whilst the amount may not seem significant on its own, collectively the donations will mount up and help us to make a real difference to the lives of those more vulnerable. We plan to use the funds to buy more sleeping bags and blankets to distribute to the homeless and help them to keep warm in the cold winter nights.” Plan’s MD Grant said: “As a family and a family business, the plight of the homeless at this time of the year is something that we want to try and do something about and to make a difference through this campaign, however small, is something that we are passionate about. We are clear in our intentions to make a difference and the trip in the van around the UK will add some fun to the event, helping to raise awareness.” To find out more, follow @PlanInsurance and @FamilyBizPaul on Twitter, and follow the hashtag #FamBizSantaDash to keep up to date with all the latest.