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Family Businesses Unite To Help

9th November 2017 Paul Andrews

Family Business United and Plan Insurance have launched a national campaign to help homeless and vulnerable people this Christmas.

Announcing their inaugural Christmas campaign in association with Plan Insurance, Family Business United is launching a multi-faceted campaign in the run up to help the homeless and vulnerable at a time when others more fortunate are celebrating with their families.

Donations of blankets, warm clothes, scarves and gloves are welcome as part of the campaign with all items required by Friday 9 December in order for them to be distributed as part of the campaign.

In addition, the team have launched a 'cost of a cuppa' campaign on social media to encourage as many people as possible to forego the cost of a tea or coffee and to donate the amount to the campaign.  As Paul Andrews, Founder of Family Business United explains, "We can all afford to miss out on a coffee and whilst the amount may not seem significant on its own, collectively the donations will mount up and help us to make a real difference to the lives of those more vulnerable.  We plan to use the funds to buy more sleeping bags and blankets to distribute to the homeless and help them to keep warm in the cold winter nights."

The team are keen to raise as much as possible to make a difference.  In addition to the donations, which can be made online here, there is a week long 'Santa Dash' with the team touring in a sponsored taxi visiting as many family firms along the way as possible to collect donations of clothes, sleeping bags, food, and toiletries which will also be distributed to the homeless.

As Grant Georgiades, Sales and Marketing Director of Plan Insurance who are partnering with Family Business United on the campaign adds, "As a family and a family business, the plight of the homeless at this time of the year is something that we want to try and do something about and to make a difference through this campaign, however small, is something that we are passionate about.  We are clear in our intentions to make a difference and the trip in the taxi will add some fun to the event, helping to raise awareness and provide lots of content to share on social media too."

The trip commences on December 4 and runs throughout the week and family firms that are already signed up to be visited and to take part in this initiative include Exclusive Hotels, HJ Hall Socks, Perrywood Garden Centre, G Seller & Co Ltd and Reynolds Foods.

With figures from Shelter showing that there are more now than 250,000 homeless people in the UK today this campaign is clealry going to make a difference.  

As Paul added, "We are keen to hear from anyone who wants to get involved with the campaign so please do not hesitate to get in touch, especially if there is an interest in supplying some of the items or for us to drop by in the taxi on the trip to collect things too."

Follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #FamBizSantaDash 

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