Volunteering at Mission Christmas – Sky Betting and Gaming

Mission Christmas Sheffield Team Picture

Giving back to support our local communities is at the very centre of #SBGLIFE. And to empower SBG’ers to give back in meaningful ways we give everyone 16 hours each year to use for volunteering.

Colleagues can use these hours to support any charity or community group which is important to them. We also host a variety of volunteering days throughout the year which colleagues can join to meet new people and learn about different charities.

We’ve recently visited Cash For Kids’ Mission Christmas in both Leeds and Sheffield.

This year is going to be tough for so many families once again, with the impact of the pandemic still pushing people who were previously managing into poverty. Mission Christmas are a charity for kids which gifts children presents to open on Christmas day.

Last year, Mission Christmas gifted over 254,000 presents in the UK.

Following the day I asked the team a few questions about what they got up to!

Craig Goodridge (Customer Experience Operations Manager) visited Sheffield

“I live in Sheffield so chose to attend the day here, which was great as I got to see how the charity gives to my local area and the generosity of the people who live in the steel city.

“There was a good crowd of us from across Sheffield and Leeds on the day, so nice to see lots of different people coming out for the day to support such a great charity. The warehouse/office was located at the Hallam FM building up in Hillsborough, making it a very central location so we have a good place to be for deliveries and pick-ups.”

Katie Peat (Workplace Operative) visited Sheffield

“We got to Mission Christmas and were briefed on what we were going to be doing for the day, at which point it soon became obvious just how families need support. For a child to have nothing at Christmas is heart breaking and it’s why I wanted to help. From age 0 to 18, it’s a real eye opener and I’m glad I took part in it.”

Britt Whittingham (Communications Executive) visited Leeds

“Before arriving at the warehouse I knew little about the charity, and when we arrived, the volunteers told us about what they do before we got put to work! We found out Mission Christmas work with organisations such as social services to understand where there help is needed. These organisations put in ‘orders’ with Mission Christmas, and the team then complete them using donations.

“When we arrived I saw five or six craters full of donated gifts and more arrived as the day went on!”

Author: Marion Duncan