Santa’s Elves bring cheer to homeless families in Caradoc Hall

Published Wednesday, 23 December 2020

A massive effort from a collection of businesses and charities have brought Christmas cheer to homeless families currently residing in Caradoc Hall.

Martin Donovan, Coventry City Council and a Stef & Philips elf!
Martin Donovan, Coventry City Council and a Stef & Philips elf!

Presents have been donated and then wrapped by Santa’s Elves and food is being delivered to make the lives of the families special this Christmas.

Elves from Stef and Phillips Ltd brought donated presents with them and wrapped them overnight in the Doubletree Hotel which kindly offered its space as a wrapping station for the presents for each child in Caradoc Hall.

Langar Aid delivers food to Caradoc Hall multiple times a week collecting from major food providers and delivering fresh produce, bread, fruit, vegetables, and dried food up to four-five times a week.

Langar Aid is also setting up a hot food and beverage pop-up kitchen outside Caradoc Hall on Boxing Day and providing up to 150 hot meals to residents who would like them.  

Baby Godiva provided gifts for a number of families staying in temporary accommodation at Caradoc Hall. Gifts were handed over by Emily from Baby Godiva and were greatly received by the on-site Housing Officer Della and distributed by the Elves.  

Baby Godiva provide a starter pack for all new and expectant mothers (up to the age of 5 and arranged for mums to receive items such as cots, prams, bouncers, nappies, clothing, toiletries, blankets and so on.

Coventry City Council has also donated books, creative packs, for the children whilst Coventry was in lockdown, and have recently created a Winter Wander project, which will display pictures created by the families of Caradoc Hall. These are being displayed and illuminated in the windows. 

Coventry Open Christmas provide M&S daily food drops (donated by M & S) and every three months they donate up to £2,000 worth of food from a supermarket training programme.

Natasha from Coventry Open Christmas has also applied for funding for an additional gift for all children and has already arranged and delivered a chocolate selection box for every child in the building to receive.

Councillor David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “Once again the combination of private business, charities and Coventry City Council have been able to bring some Christmas cheer to families and children in need. Caradoc Hall provides a home to families and I hope all will enjoy Christmas and the children especially enjoy the presents.”

Chris Jeeves of Stef & Phillips said, “We are immensely proud of our on-going work at Caradoc Hall in Coventry, especially at this time of year. It was our pleasure to be able to spread a little Christmas magic, with the help of our Stef & Philips elves! A massive thank you to our contributing partners – this wouldn’t have been possible without their support.” 

The 103 flats that the Council occupy in Caradoc Hall are rewired and have new flooring.  The refitted kitchens include new appliances such as an oven and hob, a washing machine and fridge. The bathrooms have been completely refitted and the bedrooms and living areas are fully furnished.

Coventry City Council