Olympic Spirit for children in Stoke-on-Trent!

December saw Staffordshire Olympians Adam Burgess and Ben Williams work with the JCB Christmas Toy appeal. Playing the role of Santa Claus, they personally delivered gifts that were generously collected by employees at 14 collection points, strategically set up at JCB plants to help deserving children in time for Christmas.

The appeal arrived in the reception areas across its sites in November as employees donated new and unwrapped toys. The JCB staff really got to work – and collected 1,242 gifts!

With that mountain of presents came a big task: wrapping them! Adam and Ben, sponsored by JCB, got stuck in, and before long, the first of the gifts were delivered to delighted children at Mill Hill Primary Academy in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent

The Hubb Foundation’s were delighted to be one of the Chosen Charities for 2023.

The support allowed us to provide gifts to hundreds of local children over the Christmas holidays.

Alongside The Hubb Foundation’s the other Chosen Charities for 2023 were:

The NSPCC is a charity helping to change children’s lives with 100 years of experience.

Wrexham’s Yellow and Blue Charity was set up in 2017 to support families. YaB makes a difference by delivering food and meals to the homeless across the county and distributing essentials to families in financial crisis.

Skilled slalom canoeist Adam Burgess and Ben Williams, a talented Olympian triple jumper, were both keen to be involved in the Toy Appeal. Ben said, “I remember being a kid at Christmas, we always had presents. It was always really exciting. I know that some kids aren’t so lucky. We’re in an area that is a bit disadvantaged and I’m really proud to be part of something like this in my local area which is supporting children at this time of year.”

Tana Owen, The Hubb Foundation’s School Relationship Manager, said: “The donation of toys to the children means the absolute world to them and it’s all thanks to the JCB Christmas Toy Appeal. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated a gift.”

Through this touching initiative, JCB not only spread the warmth of the season but also showcased the profound impact of collective generosity and community support.

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