Gloucester company delivers Christmas every day
By Sarah Wood | 18th December 2020
A Gloucester-based company, BiGDUG, is delivering Christmas to local families every day throughout advent.
With the prospect of Christmas 2020 being the one of the most difficult yet, BiGDUG received stacks of letters from Gloucestershire residents asking for a helping hand this year.
Heart-breaking stories include a little boy who has undergone his third open heart surgery and was separated from his family during lockdown, a warm and loving husband and artist who lost most of his sight, and many sad tales of how coronavirus has destroyed mental health and affected earnings for Gloucestershire families during 2020.
With surprise deliveries currently underway across Gloucestershire, every day a family has opened their front door to a huge 2m x 1m cardboard box, containing absolutely everything they need to experience the perfect Christmas, after enjoying a surprise zoom call from Santa himself!
The boxes contain a Christmas tree and decorations, a TV, Christmas food hamper and ASDA voucher, plus age appropriate gifts for children, including bikes and smartphones.
Chris Reilly, Managing Director of BiGDUG said: "Christmas is an extremely important time of the year for all of us, loved for the bringing together of family and friends.
"Christmas isn't about presents and money, but the stress that these elements can bring to a family already juggling several different challenges can take away the enjoyment of it all. We wanted to do our bit to spread some magic this Christmas, so it was their most memorable yet."
Families surprised included:
- Single working Mum Jess Shackell who had three operations throughout 2020 while suffering with a large tumour on her kidney. Her children, Lexie aged 10 and Georgio aged 8, have been extremely brave and looked after her throughout.
- Martin Tudor who has suffered with his mental health, while his wife, Steph, has worked reduced hours in the hospitality industry. His son Rupert, 2 has under-developed lungs due to prematurity, meaning Martin changed jobs so he could WFH and shield his family.
- Kirsty Scott has been in and out of work due to an accident, tested positive for Covid-19 and then went on to have a beautiful baby boy this year who has a very rare genetic mutation, KCNT. Going back and forth to hospital throughout lockdown and finding money to keep food on the table has been a real challenge for Kirsty and her family.
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