12 Dec 14

Gifts galore from EDF Energy’s East Kilbride office for local children

Every year there’s a Christmas tradition at EDF Energy East Kilbride and it is all about helping children in the South Lanarkshire area who are less fortunate than many of us.

Employees have been adding their own gifts to put under the office ‘Christmas Giving Tree’ so that South Lanarkshire Council’s social work department can hand them out to children in need up to the age of 16.

The Christmas presents have been handed over to council officers on Friday 12 December by local MP Michael McCann on behalf of EDF Energy.

Dave Kendall, the company’s head of business critical programmes, said, “Every year I am bowled over by the generosity of our staff and this year is no different. I really hope these presents will make a little bit of difference to the children who receive them at what can, for some, be a very difficult time of year.”

Michael McCann, MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow said, “Every year the staff at EDF Energy in East Kilbride buy gifts to support families and children in difficult circumstances across East Kilbride and each year I’m lucky enough to be invited to help handover the gifts to South Lanarkshire Council’s social work department.

“Nearly 200 gifts were donated by staff this year and every gift will ensure that a child or young person will have a happier Christmas morning. I’d like to express my deepest thanks to all the EDF staff who participate in this wonderful gesture of goodwill and I’d like to thank the social workers who work with families all year round in incredibly difficult circumstances.”

A South Lanarkshire Council spokesperson said, “The generosity of EDF energy staff is much appreciated and makes a real difference to the lives of children who are in need. The gifts are of high quality and will help to ensure that families have a happy Christmas at a time that can be difficult for some.”

Anyone who would like to donate a gift for a local child should hand them in wrapped, with a tag saying who it would be suitable for, at any social work office in South Lanarkshire.