PET-Xi trainees bring Christmas cheer to Sheffield charities

 Students on our traineeship programme in Sheffield are supporting two local charities in the run up to Christmas.

The 24 teenage trainees, who are midway through a newly established programme to help them gain the skills and experience they need to get an apprenticeship or a job, have organized two festive charity events.

The first is a four-mile sponsored walk on December 11, which the trainees will do in their pyjamas or fancy dress, to raise money for the Weston Park Hospital – one of only four hospitals in England dedicated exclusively to cancer treatment. To support this event, ‘Walk this Way’ simply donate on their ‘Just Giving’ page https://www.justgiving.com/pet-xi-sheffield/

The second group is putting together Christmas gift boxes for HARC (Homeless and Rootless at Christmas) which provide safe and warm day shelter for vulnerable men and women between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. The PET-Xi gift boxes are packed with all sorts of useful things including warm clothes and accessories, toiletries and sweets all donated by local businesses.

“I’m so pleased to see how much has been achieved already as we reach the half-way point of the training,” said PET-Xi’s joint managing director Fleur Sexton. “Our trainees have had to make all this happen by coming up with ideas, writing letters, making phone calls, attending meetings and keeping to a schedule – all real life experiences which will help them in the future.

“But as well as equipping themselves with confidence and skills, our trainees have had the pleasure of making a positive difference in their community, while benefitting their chosen charities at the same time. It’s inspiring!”

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