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Family Business Santa Dash 2018

16th October 2018 Paul Andrews

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

Announcing their second charity 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 and health essentials are welcome as part of the campaign with all items required by Friday 7 December in order for them to be distributed as part of the campaign.  The team will undertake a week long series of visits to regional towns and cities to collect the items that will then be distributed to homeless charities in these towns and cities so the help goes is local supporting the communities in which the family firms are operating.

Starting off in Manchester on December 3 visits are planned in our festive taxi to a number of family firms along the way who are signed up to collect items and/or to act as regional collection centres for those wishing to join the campaign but not have a visit.

The route:

Manchester - December 3 - Regional collection point is HMG Paints (for the homeless in Manchester)

Birmingham - December 4 (for the homeless in Birmingham)

Leicester- December 5 - Regional collection point is G. Seller (for the homeless in Leicester)

Thame- December 6 - TBC(for the homeless in London)

Colchester - December 7 TBC (for the homeless in Colchester) and Gatwick (for the homeless in London)

During the trip we are happy to visit other family firms en route who can make their donations directly to us, have photos with the team and the #FamBizSantaDash taxi and join the campaign on social media.

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 money as much as possible to make a difference and if you want to donate to the campaign please do so here

As Grant Georgiades, Managing 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 3 and runs throughout the week and family firms that are already signed up to be visited and to take part in this initiative include HMG Paints and G Seller.

With figures from Shelter showing that there are more now than 250,000 homeless people in the UK today this campaign is clearly 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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