Bedfont gets into the giving spirit this Christmas with their reverse advent calendar
Christmas is the time for giving, and that’s exactly what the Kent-based company decided to do this year with their reverse advent calendar. A popular idea this year, the reverse advent calendar requires you to put in a gift instead of receiving one and the 2nd generation family business donated their reverse advent calendar to the homeless with the help of their Charity of the Year, Porchlight.
Last year, Porchlight found 834 people sleeping rough in Kent - 5 years ago that number was 148, indicating an alarming 463% increase.
Kate Boulding, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Porchlight, comments, “We are so grateful for the support from Bedfont Scientific Ltd. this year. As well as collecting useful items for their reverse advent calendars and making sure our service users feel valued this Christmas, they have also put loads of effort into their fundraising, which will go towards vital services and help Porchlight bring more homeless and vulnerable people in from the cold. It can be a difficult time of year for the people we support, so with the help of local companies like Bedfont, we can make Christmas a little brighter for them.”
Jason Smith, Managing Director, adds, “The rocketing number of homeless people is a growing concern and through the reverse advent calendar and fundraising for Porchlight, we hope that as a local company we can help give back to the community as well as raise awareness. As our Charity of the Year, we have pledged to raise £3000 for Porchlight; 79% of the rough sleepers Porchlight worked with last year were helped off the streets and so it’s great to know that in supporting Porchlight, the Bedfont Family can really help to make a difference.”
Above: Amber from Bedfont with Julie who received the Reverse Advent Calendar