TSP Engineering believe collaboration is key, with employees and customers, to the local community. Being kind, offering encouragement and showing support are important always, but it’s no secret they are needed now more than ever due to the devastation Coronavirus has caused on our communities.

Many businesses in Cumbria, including our own, have a major impact on the local community and economy. Seeing many generations of families working on the same machines over the years, and housing a workforce of around 250 people, we understand the importance of supporting those in our county. Throughout the year, TSP Engineering take part in local charity for fundraisers and offer sponsorship to local people and organisations.

With so many people struggling with the challenges Coronavirus brings, and with Christmas around the corner, we wanted to help make this festive season as special as possible. With the aim to help the local community, we reached out to Moorclose Community Centre where we met the ever so hard-working Angela.

Moorclose Community Centre, located in Workington, is the heart of the community who focus on providing support to the whole of Allerdale. They rely heavily on community support when it comes to donations, ideas, funding and volunteers. The centre help in so many ways including providing food banks, a safe space for people to meet – no matter what age, gender or background, a place of confidentiality for people seeking help, and a home for specialist projects and groups.

Angela, the manager of the centre, told us, “Christmas and wintertime is a busy period for us in normal circumstances, but the added pressure of Coronavirus has led to it being like no other. We haven’t stopped; from hosting our two food pantries a week, to delivering food packages to the vulnerable members of community. When businesses and other people in the community get on board and help, it really does make a huge difference and we couldn’t be more thankful”.

Many food banks, not only in our county but across the whole country have been severely impacted by Coronavirus. Many are facing increased demand for support and their operational capacity is strained. TSP Engineering employees worked together to raise boxes of food and toiletries for the Community Centre to help them through this difficult time.

Sarah Burgoyne, the Marketing and Communications Facilitator at TSP Engineering who worked alongside Angela on the project stated “If our team’s efforts can mean just a handful of families and vulnerable people have a special, less stressful and enjoyable Christmas this year, then we’re happy”.

Moorclose Community Centre are continuing to take donations right up until Christmas. So if you feel as though you can spare a couple of pounds on your next food shop, or maybe you have a couple hours of free time which you could donate – please reach out to Angela on 07713864850.