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Christmas in a Box

Thousands of families across the city – including more than 1,000 PCH households – will enjoy a Christmas dinner to remember this year.

We’ve nominated more than 3,000 people – 1,006 households – to receive a food box with fresh and store cupboard ingredients.

They contain everything needed to make a roast dinner and there are sweet treats too.

They will all receive boxes as part of the citywide Christmas in a Box campaign, which was started by the executive chef of the newly-opened Box museum to give struggling families a festive feast.

The Box set up a Crowdfunder campaign to raise £25,000 to pay for 2,500 boxes – enough to feed 10,000 people. It has surpassed its target.

We got involved with the campaign, nominating families and offering to deliver the boxes around Plymouth.

Our Communities team has been delivering the boxes this week along with volunteers from other organisations in Plymouth, including Vistry Partnerships, currently building our new homes at the final phase of the North Prospect regeneration.

Leigh Ferguson, Communities Team worker, said: “This project has been really welcomed by our residents. When we’ve been speaking to them, they have been overwhelmed with the generosity of people. For some families it has made a bad year so much better.

“Thanks must go to our staff across the business who have pulled together to make this happen in such a short period of time.”

Kathryn Pennington, Regional Development Director of Vistry Partnerships, said: “We are pleased to be supporting our partners, PCH, with this fantastic initiative. We’re always looking for ways to get involved and give back to the local community, so as soon as I heard about Christmas in a Box, there was no hesitation in volunteering.

“Plus, seeing the appreciation from families, and the smile on their faces as we turned up dressed for the occasion and bearing gifts was priceless.”