Christmas is that time of year where presents, warmth, family, friends, food and clothing are generally considered a given for most people. These are things which many of us expect and take for granted. And in that respect we are lucky we can just expect to have these things, especially at this time of year. But what is generally forgotten about by most is that there are still an all too large a group of people who aren’t lucky enough to have the standard of living  we do. Unfortunately, a lot of those people are children. This year however, UAP are doing more than their fair share to give 300 under privileged kids a Christmas to remember.

UAP have teamed up with Manchester Key 103 Cash For Kids to give a whole bunch of disadvantages kids a Christmas they will remember for a very long time. Every year, Key 103 hold the Mini Jingle Ball for 300 of Manchester’s most under privileged kids. UAP have stepped in this time however after finding out that many of the kids last year turned up without shoes or a coat. So this year, UAP are not only sponsoring the event, but have also set up a Care Grant so that they were able to give 80 children coats, school shoes, socks, hats, gloves and scarfs. A whole winter wardrobe which many desperately need. In total, UAP are proudly donating a total of £19,000 to Key 103 Cash For Kids.

UAP’s MD, David Jennings said: “As a local company we have a responsibility to the help where possible and the Mini Jingle Ball presented the perfect opportunity to do this. We have been given the chance to give truly underprivileged children experiences that most children take for granted such as attending a party, visiting Father Christmas and receiving a Christmas present. 

When we heard that children attended the event last year without shoes or a coat I knew I could not let that happen this year. I asked Cash for Kids to help us form a Care Grant so that we could provide the winter essentials for these children. All of us at UAP feel very strongly for this cause and everyone is looking forward to getting stuck in doing something special for these kids.”

As well as donating money, everyone in the UAP team will be personally doing their bit. Staff members have personally gone to the shops to buy the clothes for the children and they gave up their lunch breaks to sort through the clothes and put them into giant Christmas gift bags. Adding a personal touch that these kids will probably have rarely had.

So what exactly is Key 103 Cash for Kids? Its a grant giving charity, raising funds to support children experiencing poverty, abuse, neglect and distress. The Mini Jingle Ball is an annual event which aims to provide hundreds of disadvantaged children with the best Christmas party they can imagine with a 70ft inflatable dragon, bouncy castle, build a bear, face painting, a Santa’s Grotto and much more.

It is exactly this which has always impressed me about UAP. Forget about business, locks, handles, products and everything we do on a daily basis. UAP have always gone that extra mile, or thousands sometimes, to give back to people that are far less fortunate than they, and we all are. Charity is an important thing in this country. The UK has always been a nation of givers. But at a time when the economy is less than stable and businesses are probably under the most pressure they have ever been under for decades, a donation of £19,000 to such a deserving cause is something which I think we can all agree is heart warming.

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