Council staff get into the festive mood supporting three charities

Staff from Mendip District Council have got into the Christmas spirit and are supporting three charities with festive donations.

On Friday, December 14, staff turned up to work at Mendip District Council in their seasonal knitwear, to take part in the National Christmas Jumper Day organised by Save the Children UK. Staff donated money for donning a Christmas jumper and are also hosted a Christmas cake sale to raise additional funds. All the money raised on Friday by the staff at Mendip District Council will be shared between Save the Children UK and Mendip YMCA.

This year Mendip District Council staff have been raising money for Mendip YMCA as their Charity of the Year. Throughout the year the team have held a number of staff events to raise money and Mendip's Chief Executive, Stuart Brown even took on a 100 mile cycle ride this year, raising money for Mendip YMCA and the Alzheimer's Society.

Over recent days the team at the Shepton Mallet based council offices have also been collecting food donations for the Shepton branch of the Salvation Army, for the food bank Christmas parcels.

Laura Thomas, an officer from Mendip District Council, said: "We have had a great year fundraising for Mendip YMCA with lots of teams organising events and initiatives to help boost the total. Whilst we nominate one charity as our charity of the year, we also try to support other organisations throughout the year.

"The Christmas donations to Save the Children and the Salvation Army Shepton food bank were all staff led initiatives and gave the opportunity to support a national charity and an organisation working within our district and supporting the local community."

Staff at Mendip District Council are currently nominating charities to be considered for the Charity of the Year in 2019.