Employees host a variety of Christmas events for St Giles School, Croydon 

    Mondial Assistance UK jumped into the Christmas spirit again this year, with employees from around the whole company spreading festive joy by taking part in their annual One More Gift campaign. This year the proceeds went to St Giles School in Croydon.

    St Giles School is a specialist school for pupils with physical disabilities and complex medical needs, aged 4 – 16. They also accommodate students with profound and multiple learning disabilities up to the age of 19. Over 100 students come from a vast catchment area which includes Croydon, Sutton, Surrey and Wandsworth. 

    Mondial asked employees to buy an extra gift this Christmas so that they could be wrapped and then given to the children at St Giles School as a special festive treat. Staff visiting the school to hand out gifts also had the pleasure of watching the school’s nativity play. 

    Kirsty Wardlaw, CSR Advocate for Mondial Assistance UK, said: “The One More Gift Campaign proved to be a huge success once again and we had a fantastic day at St Giles. It was great to see the pupils enjoying themselves. The presents that we gave put such big smiles on their faces.

    All of the staff at the school do a wonderful job in caring for the pupils and so that is why this year we wanted to help them out by donating these extra gifts, which really made a difference and helped everybody get into the Christmas spirit.” 

    Caroline Horgan, the Acting Deputy Head Teacher at the St Giles School said: “All of the pupils and staff here at St Giles are extremely grateful to Mondial Assistance UK for their kind efforts and generous presents. The One More Gift campaign is a great idea and we are very lucky to have benefited from it this year.” 

    As well as giving an extra gift, Mondial took part in other festive activities to raise money for St Giles School, with the proceeds going towards buying new equipment for the school’s sensory pathway, which was designed by its very own pupils. The Christmas party raffle kicked off the fundraising whilst a special December Dress Down Day saw the Executive Board serve tea, coffee and mince pies to all Croydon based employees. To top it all off, the Mondial Christmas Choir spread some Christmas cheer throughout the community by singing carols outside of the Croydon Visitor Centre. In total, an amazing £1433.68 was raised. 

    Caroline Horgan continues: “It is great to know that we have the support and kindness from the local community and all of the money raised will go towards new equipment that will really benefit all pupils’ learning.” 

    Kirsty Wardlaw concludes: “It was a very successful month of raising money for St Giles School and we want to thank everybody that was involved, including those companies that donated some fantastic prizes for our Christmas raffle. This programme brought employees together in an enjoyable way and we were able to give something back to the local community which is always our priority. We look forward to completing more fundraising work in the New Year.”