Portsmouth FC and Pompey in the Community (PitC) were delighted to partner with Kier Construction this Christmas to help spread festive cheer to the local community.
Kier Construction – who are currently constructing new border control buildings for Portsmouth International Port – generously donated the gifts to distribute to young people taking part in PitC's Refit Project and Kicks programme.
The Refit Project provides daily leisure activities such as badminton, boxing and table tennis to provide a fun and sociable environment for vulnerable people to help improve their physical and mental health, while also providing a pathway into education, volunteering and employment, with NVQ Health and Social Care levels two and three being offered.
The other group of young people benefitting from Kier’s generous donations this Christmas are 8-18-year-olds involved in Premier League Kicks, which uses the power of football and the value of sports participation to help youngsters in some of the most high-need areas by engaging them in activities such as sport, music, coaching and personal development.
Pompey in the Community CEO Clare Martin said: "There are so many young people who won't have much, if anything, under the tree this year.
"The presents that Kier have kindly provided will make a real difference and help spread some much-needed Christmas cheer this year! A massive thank you from everyone at Pompey in the Community."
Stephen Duggan, senior site manager at Kier, added: "We are very grateful for all the support we’ve received from our supply chain and local suppliers – the response has been overwhelming.
"This started off as a small idea and quickly escalated among our sub-contractors and suppliers to over 250 gifts. As a team we are very proud to help make a difference to the local community this Christmas and would like to thank everyone who made it happen.”