Families and older people across Eastern Europe will have a happy Christmas thanks to the work of a Pool-based business.
TRAC Services, a pharmaceutical regulations firm, based at the Pool Innovation Centre (PIC), has collected 34 shoeboxes full of gifts following the launch of its Christmas shoebox appeal in October.
It is the second year that TRAC has taken part in the scheme, which distributes boxes of gifts, toiletries, sweets, clothes and other goodies to people in small towns and villages across Albania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania.
Kirsty Cotton, regulatory affairs consultant at TRAC, said: “We had a fantastic response from the businesses at PIC.
“Last year we collected 15 shoeboxes full of presents, so to have more than a 100 percent increase is amazing.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support.”
The shoebox project is organised by the charity, Link to Hope, which aims to combat poverty and give humanitarian aid and has special concern for the most disadvantaged.
Pool Innovation Centre’s manager, Richard Scutt, took part in the appeal and raised £30 by selling cream teas.
Cotton added: “I’d like to say a particular thank you to Richard for his donation. We’re were able to buy a lot of gifts thanks to his hard work.”