Christmas cheer for Cube tenants

Santa’s reindeer were on hand to spread seasonal joy to children in the west of Glasgow.

Christmas party in Wyndford and Broomhill with reindeer and Cara Hughes

Father Christmas and his reindeer took time out from their busy schedules to meet children who live in Cube homes in Wyndford and Broomhill in Glasgow.

Cube, part of Wheatley Group, arranged for the reindeer and Santa to visit tenants at a special Christmas party.

Children were delighted to get close to Santa’s furriest helpers - and get an early Xmas present from the man himself.

Five-year-old Nathan Docherty, who lives at Wyndford, was one of the children who came along.

He said: “It was so exciting to see the reindeer. I can’t wait for Christmas now.”

Lucy Williams, from Broomhill, who brought her daughter Millie to meet the reindeer, said: “It was just lovely to see her smiling face.”

The party was one of a number of events supported by Wheatley’s charitable trust, the Wheatley Foundation, to help communities at Christmas.

Nearly £9000 was raised in donations from Wheatley’s contractors and suppliers as part of Wheatley’s Community Benefits programme.

Walker Love, McTaggart Construction, CCG, Fraser Robb, Richard Healy, CF Furnishings, NBM, Mast Architects, Unico, Verint, Collective Architecture, Ross Quality, Harper Macleod, Hypostyle, G3 Consultants, Shepherd and Wedderburn, EIS and Virgin Media all donated generously.

As well as the Cube Christmas party, the money will be spent on projects including:

  • delivering Christmas hampers for 100 formerly homeless people housed through the Housing First initiative;
  • a Christmas lunch for users of Barony’s Contact Point mental health service in Edinburgh and Fife;
  • Christmas gifts for P1 and P2 pupils at Riverside Primary school in Dalmarnock,
  • a Christmas lunch and Hogmanay dinner for people living in Dunedin Canmore’s homeless hostel, Dunedin Harbour, in Edinburgh.

Wheatley Foundation Director Lorraine McLaren said: “Christmas can be a really difficult time for people who are alone, vulnerable or finding it hard to make ends meet.

“We are incredibly grateful to our contractors and suppliers who have given so generously to make Christmas a bit happier for our customers and communities.

“Thanks to this £9000 donation, we can do even more to tackle poverty, isolation and disadvantage throughout Scotland.”

Monday, December 16, 2019