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We Fight Any Claim Christmas Charity blog

Christmas is a time for giving, and there’s nothing we like more than giving back to those who deserve it. Whether that’s compensation to our customers who have been wronged by the banks, or money we’ve raised for local charities, we understand that the essence of Christmas is to give. 

This festive season has been no different to any others, as the staff dug deep to support our Christmas charities. As ever, we are keen to ensure that money raised by our staff goes towards helping those within our area during their time of need. 

One person in particular who needs our support is local girl, Roxi Cox

Roxi is 27. She’s a wife and a mother to two young boys. Last year, Roxi had to have one of her legs amputated after suffering with tumours for the last 16 years. These tumours can cause heart failure. As a result of this, Roxi needs to seek treatment in the US, as the resources for such an operation are non-existent here in the UK. 

After inviting her in to our offices, suggestions began to pour in for ways in which we could raise money to go towards Roxi’s treatment. We had everything from raffles to charity football matches, and our very talented Lauren Coombes has been drawing caricatures for people, with all proceeds going to the collection.

We look forward to handing over the money we have raised for Roxi in the New Year.

The Torfaen Youth Support Service (TYPSS) tackles issues such as homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and poverty amongst vulnerable young adults in our area. We have supported TYPSS for the last five years, and this year shall be no different as we donate vouchers to be used to support the young adults struggling around Christmas.

Although for many Christmas is a joyous time, for some it can be the hardest time of the year. Imagine watching people doing their Christmas shopping from the doorway of the shop where you will be sleeping for the night. Distressed by the thought of people on the streets during what should be the most wonderful time of the year, we decided to what we could for those who will not have a home to wake up in on Christmas morning.

We put together dignity backpacks. These contained a sleeping bag, and a hat, scarf, gloves and socks. They also included a new toothbrush, toothpaste and a pack of wipes. We also put in thermal flasks, some cuppa soups and a selection box. We made up 66 of these dignity packs and split them between two charities.

We recently supported local charity Eden Gate, who work to tackle homelessness in and around Newport. We handed over 33 packs and a cheque for £1,000 which had previously been raised.

Operations manager, Marc Hepton, told us:

“I am extremely grateful for your generous donation of sleeping bags, gift-filled rucksacks and cheque for £1000. Your donation will help us to provide practical assistance to those who are in need this Christmas. Eden Gate will be opening on Christmas Eve to provide lunches to over 50 homeless and vulnerably housed adults, where we will hand out the rucksacks you have donated. Rest assured that you have made someone very happy this Christmas! God Bless you all and Merry Christmas.”

The remaining 33 packs were given to Caerphilly Move On, which is a floating support scheme that provides specialist support to people who are experiencing homelessness.

Rachel Hine came to collect the packs on behalf of the charity, and told us:

“We have to fundraise all year to be able to put together packs like these, so your donation of 33 packs will be a great benefit to us. Our support workers will be driving around Newport, Torfaen, Gwent and Monmouthshire and these packs will be given to any people we find sleeping rough. Thank you so much for you donation”.