Financial Ombudsman service “Spread the Joy” at Christmas

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Staff at the Financial Ombudsman service, based in Friargate One have been busy in the run up to Christmas collecting food, toys, clothing and gifts to help Coventry residents to enjoy the festivities

The teams have also been giving up lunchtimes to wrap presents so they can spread some Christmas cheer in the city.

After linking in with Sharon Thomas from Coventry City Council it was agreed to support: Trussell Trust (Coventry Food Bank), Coventry City Mission, Clothing Coventry and Embrace and Coventry City Council’s Looked After Team for over 18’s leaving care.

Carole Garner from the Financial Ombudsman’s service said: “Our Building Management teams in London and Coventry were hosting a number of events where we had the opportunity to “Give Something Back” this Christmas – working with local charities and projects. It’s something that’s close to our heart as an organisation, and part of our social responsibility commitments. Having spoken with Sharon Thomas, we were more than happy to do what we could to help the local communities and make Christmas extra special for those who are less fortunate in the community.”

Cllr Patricia Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added:”I know these donations will make a real difference to so many. The range of gifts cover a wide spectrum and will mean so much to all that receive the help. On behalf of all the people these donations will make a difference to, a massive thank you.”

Coventry Food Bank provide emergency food to vulnerable people all year round while Care Leavers will really benefit because they leave care at 18 and for the first few years do struggle with paying bills and living on their own. Clothing Coventry support people in clothing poverty. Coventry City Mission aim to support people in crisis.

If you or someone you know would like to offer support to help people most in need in Coventry, you can get in touch with the Council’s Resilience Team at

Published: Wednesday, 20th December 2023

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