Santa’s Little Helpers

Every Christmas CBS like to support a local charity. In previous years we have donated warm clothing to Reading-based homeless persons’ charity Launchpad and supported the Ascot & Bracknell News’ Toys and Tins appeal.

This year, we answered an appeal in Connect Reading’s newsletter to decorate The Maples Resource Centre in Reading, a specialist support centre for older people in West Reading.

It’s a fairly large building and they needed decorations for the lounge, dining room and Santa’s Grotto as well as 3 Christmas trees, all to be ready for the Christmas Fayre the following Saturday.

Santa’s little helpers get busy in the Dining Room!
Charlie, Richard, Natalie and Caraline volunteered to spend an afternoon at the centre and CBS provided lots of new Christmas decorations including tinsel, wreaths, baubles and garlands.  Natalie had visited a couple of days earlier to get an idea of what was required so the team turned up armed with blu-tak, drawing pins and scissors ready for action.

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Santa’s Grotto

They were met by Vanessa Hart, the Deputy Manager who gave them a guided tour of the centre and introduced them to the staff, who show amazing patience and compassion for the people in their care.   As our team were working away, they had the opportunity to chat to some of the people who use the centre, as well as join in with a Christmas-themed sing-a–long which was lovely.  It was hard work, but great fun!


Vanessa said:

“We, at The Maples Resource Centre, would like to thank the “Santa’s Helpers,” from CBS for providing and decorating our Centre with Christmas decorations.  Our Centre now looks very festive in time for our Grand Christmas Fayre, something I don’t think we would have managed to do in time.  All of our Service Users have expressed how wonderful the Centre looks.  Thankfully Father Christmas now has a Grotto, which he can be proud of!”

Decorating the Centre was a brilliant way to start the Christmas season.  It gave us a chance to put something back into the community and gave us an insight into the hard work and dedication of the people who work there.

If you would like to support a Connect Reading community project contact Claire Wright at

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