Regus, King of the Samaritans

THE national charity Samaritan’s Purse has extended heartfelt thanks to the local Regus centre in Woking’s Duke Street.

The centre provided much support to the organisation by collecting thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes under ‘Operation Christmas Child’. These have since been distributed to the most needy and vulnerable children of the world.

AND THAT’S A WRAP – volunteers enjoyed dressing up as Santa, and (inset) we can all see why

AND THAT’S A WRAP – volunteers enjoyed dressing up as Santa, and (inset) we can all see why

The shoeboxes, put together by members of the public, and businesses, schools and churches from the area, contained everything kids would either need or like – from sweets and toys to toothbrushes and colouring books.

The gift-boxes were distributed to the underprivileged children, who live in orphanages, hospitals and refugee camps, in plenty of time to make their Christmas.

This is the second year that Regus, a worldwide provider of workplaces, has been involved in the shoebox appeal, almost 300 of the company’s UK centres having collected  more than 5,000 shoeboxes between them.

Samaritan’s Purse are the charity who organise the showbox appeal, and its Executive Director Simon Barrington said: “We would like to thank the Regus network of local workplace centres for their support yet again this year, as well as all the members of the public who wrapped, packed and brought in their shoeboxes.

“Thanks to them, many thousands of children, who would not otherwise have received anything at all this Christmas, knew at least that the world as a whole has not forgotten them.”

Regus UK Chief Executive, Richard Morris, added: “We’re delighted to have been involved in the appeal again this year, the response to which has been quite fantastic. Our centre teams across the UK thoroughly enjoyed taking part and doing their bit for such a worthwhile cause.”

REGUS operate a global network of flexible, modern workspaces, including business lounges, meeting rooms and flight touch-down desks. More details are at www.regus.co.uk and www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk.

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