Christmas boxed up for world’s disadvantaged children

Michael Wheeler and Helen Britton from Regus in Horsham with some of the shoeboxes collected by the workplace provider for the 2014 Operation Christmas Child Appeal SUS-140912-164545001
Michael Wheeler and Helen Britton from Regus in Horsham with some of the shoeboxes collected by the workplace provider for the 2014 Operation Christmas Child Appeal SUS-140912-164545001
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Disadvantaged children across the world will receive gifts this Christmas - thanks to the generosity and goodwill of the Crawley and Horsham communities and global workplace provider Regus.

Over the last few weeks, individuals and groups have been dropping off present-filled shoeboxes at the Regus centres at The Pinnacle in Crawley and Worthing Road in Horsham which have supported the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ appeal for the second year running. The Crawley and Horsham centres are part of a network of almost 300 Regus centres in the UK which together collected over 5,000 boxes.

Run in conjunction with the Samaritan’s Purse charity, the appeal involves filling shoeboxes with small toys, sweets and other gifts to send to children overseas in refugee camps, orphanages, homeless shelters and impoverished neighbourhoods.

Richard Morris, CEO of Regus in the UK, said: “We’re thrilled that our local network of Regus centres could help such a worthwhile cause by being collection points again this year. We would like to thank all the local businesses, schools, groups and individuals who brought in shoeboxes and made it a great success.”

Since the Operation Christmas Child appeal launched 14 years ago, over 100 million children in 130 countries around the world have received a Christmas shoebox.

Regus operates a global network of flexible, modern work spaces including business lounges, meeting rooms and touch-down desks. See www.regus.co.uk or www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk

Pictured is Michael Wheeler and Helen Britton from Regus in Horsham with some of the shoeboxes.

Report and picture contributed by Genesis PR.