Swindon taxi firm brings festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable

By Barrie Hudson - 8 December 2020

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Private hire taxi firm V Cars - part of the Veezu Group– has donated 240 selection boxes to Christmas Care Swindon.

  • From left: Jack Price and Ian McCarthy from Swindon Nightshelter, Diane Killick, Chairperson of Christmas Cares Swindon and colleague John Davidson with some of the gifts from V Cars

    From left: Jack Price and Ian McCarthy from Swindon Nightshelter, Diane Killick, Chairperson of Christmas Cares Swindon and colleague John Davidson with some of the gifts from V Cars

The care project provides hot Christmas dinners to the homeless and vulnerable.

Christmas Care Swindon, which is run entirely by volunteers and a small committee, and is funded purely from cash and in-kind donations, has had to suspend its usual donation days because of Covid.

The project will open its doors to guests from 22 to 29 December from 9-11am for a cooked breakfast and 2-4pm when a hot, home-cooked lunch will be served - and the sweet treats provided by V Cars can be enjoyed by guests.

V Cars promotes safety throughout all its operations and reports that its driver partners often hear at first hand from vulnerable people. This prompted the business to help out.

Jack Price, Regional Director for V Cars, said: “Christmas Care Swindon offers invaluable support within the local community and lockdown has been especially challenging for those with nowhere to call home. 

“The project has been impacted by the pandemic because of volunteers having to self-isolate or because of money being tighter than usual for regular donators. We really hope this gesture goes some small way to alleviate the pressures on the charity.”

The project has operated every Christmas since 1988 and will run this year with a few changes including the venue, which will be The Haven, and limited guest numbers. 

Diane Killick, who chairs the project said: “We are very grateful for V Cars’ generous gesture and their wonderful donations will be shared with the many who visit us.”

For further details on what to donate or how to volunteer, visit www.ChristmasCareSwindon.org.uk, and for updates and to like or follow the Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/ChristmasCareSwindon

The V Cars website is www.v-cars.com

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