Sleigh-ride treat paid for by firm

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

YOUNGSTERS cared for by a char­ity are to have an ex­tra-spe­cial fes­tive sea­son thanks to a Kent com­pany.

Hal­sion Ltd, a build­ing ser­vices com­pany based in Petham, is help­ing chil­dren at the Calde­cott Foun­da­tion in Smeeth.

The foun­da­tion pro­vides res­i­den­tial homes and a school for about 50 chil­dren, aged six to 15, who have suf­fered cru­elty and ne­glect.

Hal­sion has of­fered to pay for six chil­dren to fly to La­p­land in early De­cem­ber, take a snowy ride on a sleigh, and visit Fa­ther Christ­mas in his icy grotto.

And later in the month, the com­pany is fund­ing a Christ­mas party for ev­ery child at Calde­cott at Port Lympne Wild An­i­mal Park.

Hal­sion’s gen­eros­ity is also tak­ing care of more prac­ti­cal busi­ness at Calde­cott by foot­ing the bill for re­fur­bish­ment of bath­rooms at one of the seven res­i­den­tial homes, as well as at the Pine Lodge re­cep­tion cen­tre.

Sa­man­tha Scott, Calde­cott head of fund-rais­ing, said she was de­lighted that they had the com­mer­cial sup­port­ers with a par­tic­u­larly gen­er­ous pack­age of ben­e­fits.

She said: “Calde­cott re­ceives min­i­mal pub­lic fund­ing, and ges­tures such as th­ese mean we can pro­vide the all-im­por­tant ‘ex­tras’ which mean so much to our chil­dren.”

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