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Russell Taylor answers crisis call to help the homeless

Posted by Georgie Betts on 21/11/2017
Ben Rucksack Challenge 2017

Russell Taylor Holdings has once again answered a crisis call to help vulnerable people living on the streets this winter.

The entire workforce from the business’ headquarters in Bromborough, Wirral, has filled a total of 70 rucksacks full of essential items such food, energy bars, toiletries and warm clothing to help bring comfort to the homeless.

Joining Russell Taylor Group in the campaign are staff from Russell Taylor Holdings’ other companies of Recruit Right and NMS Recruitment.

The filled bags will be handed over to Wirral YMCA and the Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead, which supports the poorest in the local community, as part of the annual Rucksack Challenge organised by Wirral Chamber of Commerce.

Russell Taylor Holdings chief executive Ben Russell, a patron of Wirral Chamber, said: “The hardship of living rough on the streets is something incredibly hard for most of us to even imagine.

“But the problem is real and close to home. Last year, YMCA Wirral provided almost 3,000 bed nights to people in crisis so the least we could do was rise to the challenge and take part in this year's initiative to help those in need.

“This is our second year of supporting Wirral Chamber in its annual campaign to help people living in unimaginable circumstances. It’s also a way of encouraging our employees to understand the importance of playing their part in supporting the local community.”

Paula Basnett, chief executive at Wirral Chamber of Commerce, added: “This has been a fantastic, generous and very kind donation by Russell Taylor Holdings in giving us so many very important items which will be welcomed by both YMCA Wirral and the Charles Thompson Mission.

“As we move into the colder winter weather, the Rucksack Challenge will play a key role in helping the homeless and we are very proud that Russell Taylor, a key patron member of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, has played such a vital part in supporting the initiative.”