Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Santa's special delivery

Santa will be bringing extra smiles to opurchildren thanks to a special delivery from Abderdeen.
Vicky Simpson, quality assurance manager at Atlas, took on the role of good fairy by starting an appeal for gists for our 55 after she and her
partner, Shaun Windram, visited the Happy House whilst they were on holiday in Watamu in the autumn and were so impressed by what they saw they promised to help.
True to their word, Vicky and Shaun now sponsor two Happy House babies, twin brothers Peter and Paul, and when Vicky told her colleagues about the Happy House they were eager to help too.
Vicky (pictured) said: "There are five of us in the QA team but we have had many things donated from many areas of the business where there are currently 75 employees."
And bosses at Atlas, a special company which writes and develops e-learning courses for the oil and gas swector predominantly, kindly offered to meet the cost of transporting the goodies to Kenya. They were sent last week and arrived today!
Vicky said: "I have said a huge thank you to everyone who has donated. It seriously touches your heart when people are as generous as this.
"It is not even just secondhand things we have received but new toys and clothes that people have been out specially to buy.
"One of our ladies in HR has a little daughter, Gina Lamont, and she has been through all her things to give toys, clothes and shoes for the Happy House children.
"Children of Watamu is a very small charity doing remarkable work with some of Kenya's most vulnerable children which is why we so wanted to help," she added "We know that everything that has been given will go where it is intended - to the children."
Sue, who signed for the delivery, said: "This is just so generous. I just can't believe how much there is here. We are so grateful to everyone who contributed in any way and for showing our children so much love.
"A special thank you to Vicky for telling everyone about our family. We were that she and Shaun came to see us and Papa Dave couldn't believe that when he met Vicky he was talking to another Leeds United fan. It's been a highlight of his year!"
Our children come to us from the very worst possible circumstances, from poverty or neglect which is beyond belief, and we give them what every child deserves ... a safe, happy, healthy, childhood.
For those who have joined our family this year, this will be their very first Christmas and to receive a gift from Santa will mean so much to each and every one.