Charity offers financial support to greenkeepers this Christmas

By Alistair December 2, 2019 11:02 Updated

A charity that supports people in horticulture is offering struggling greenkeepers up to £100-worth of supermarket vouchers to help with Christmas this year.

Perennial has said it is supporting ‘families and individuals this Christmas who are feeling the festive strain or struggling with unexpected or life changing events such as redundancy or health issues’.

The charity is offering people who work in or are retired from horticulture and are struggling financially this Christmas the vouchers. They can be used to help with food and presents for children who would otherwise go without.

Julia Hayne, director of services at Perennial, says: “Christmas should be a time of fun and festivities for everyone working in horticulture but often the reality is very different which can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety and loneliness. Many people feel added pressure at this time of year with more demands on their already stretched financial resources, anxiety about meeting everyone’s expectations or feelings of isolation from those around them.

“If you are struggling in the lead up to Christmas, you’re not alone. Please get in touch with us to find out how we can support you and your family.

“During the festive period and beyond we can help with budgeting advice, managing debt, accessing statutory financial support and we work with other local sources of voluntary support. No-one should feel alone or unsupported at Christmas and we’re calling on the whole industry to be a ‘festive friend’ and help us reach everyone in need this year.”

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By Alistair December 2, 2019 11:02 Updated

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