A Shrewsbury telecoms company is urging neighbouring firms on Shrewsbury Business Park to contribute to a charity Christmas collection.
Pure Telecom is behind the initiative to support the Shrewsbury Ark, which provides a drop-in centre for homeless and vulnerable people.
It is asking employees at the 66 firms on the park to donate essential items such as tinned food, sleeping bags, warm clothes and toiletries over the next few weeks.
“We support a charity at Christmas every year and so when The Ark sent out an appeal we decided to donate as much as we can but we also thought it was a good idea to get everyone here at Shrewsbury Business Park involved,” said Pure marketing manager Sharon Hutchinson.
“Staff are being encouraged to drop in donations at our office in Michael Place or at the business park management office and we will then collect and deliver them all before Christmas.
“There are around 1,500 employees here so we are hoping we can make a real difference to such a worthy cause at this vital time of the year.”
Located opposite Shrewsbury Railway Station, The Shrewsbury Ark provides a range of services to help people in need, including advice, warm drinks, affordable snacks, clothing, a shower and laundry facilities.
Items particularly needed now include ring pull tinned meals thermal mugs and flasks, new thermal underwear, jeans, gloves, deodorants, scarves, hats, torches and most importantly sleeping bags.
“Any items will be gratefully received and I am really hoping that as a community in our own right we can make a difference and take some of the pressure off The Ark who have such an increase in demand this time of year,” Sharon added.