Community comes together with donations for Cambridge’s most vulnerable residents


The Cambridgeshire community has rallied around its most vulnerable residents, with a number of businesses and individuals donating thoughtful gifts to support people during lockdown throughout CHS Group’s wide range of services.


CHS Group is a charitable housing association and social enterprise that aims to improve the lives of those in most need of help within the Cambridgeshire community. CHS Group offers affordable housing to over 7,000 tenants, and helps a further 2,000 people through its care, support and community investment services.


Homebase and Scotsdales Garden & Nurseries have donated a variety of flowers and plants to CHS Group’s residential care homes in Cambridge, bringing joy and smiles to both staff and residents.


Another large organisation playing its part to support the local community, John Lewis & Partners, has gifted a bundle of mouthwatering goodie-bags filled with Quality Street chocolates to staff and residents at CHS Group’s care homes in Cambridge.


Cambridge-based, online-marketplace specialist, Velocity Commerce, which specialises in managing product sales on eBay and Amazon, has pledged to deliver gifts to CHS Group’s residents in supported housing whose birthdays fall within this period of isolation, and are unable to celebrate with their friends and family. Each resident is able to select a gift worth up to £50 from Velocity Commerce’s eBay store – donations so far include a Majority internet radio, a Majority sound bar, and a LEGO Technic racing car.


Efforts to stay connected with the wider Cambridge community have been taking place within CHS Group’s care homes too, with staff members at Langdon House helping residents stay in touch with loved ones by creating note cards together, enabling them to share messages with their nearest and dearest during times of separation.


A family member of a CHS Group resident, who runs laser cutting and design business, Design Etch Cut, has also been busy producing protective face shields for front line workers during the pandemic, including for staff members at Alex Wood House, CHS Group’s care home in Cambridge, while Cambridge Makespace distributed visors to other CHS care homes.


Nigel Howlett, CHS Group’s Chief Executive, commented: “In the most challenging of circumstances, communities must find new ways to pull together and unite. In the current climate of coronavirus and social distancing, the need to connect with the local community’s most vulnerable is more pronounced than ever. It’s heartwarming to see a range of people and businesses coming together in different ways to support those who really need help in times such as these. Every gesture or donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated, and goes a long way to promoting the values of togetherness and solidarity that we foster at CHS.”


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