However, they were so overwhelmed with toys donated by staff that this year they extended their gift giving to include Loughton Baptist Church’s Give a Gift scheme, which sees presents donated to a local homeless shelter in Loughton.
This is the fourth year in a row that the team at Haslers have foregone their old secret Santa tradition and instead brought presents for the Frank Charles Give a Gift Appeal, which is now in its 14th year.
The Appeal was started in memory of Frank’s son Ashley Charles, who was born in 1987 and passed away, aged 23 months, in 1989 from Hirschsprung’s Disease.
Frank was also born with this disease and spent many years in Great Ormond Street Hospital as a child and it was these two experiences that drove him to start the collection for the hospital in Leytonstone, London.
Haslers joined the Salvation Army in donating gifts to this year’s appeal, and members of both organisations joined Frank as he handed out presents to children on the ward.
Jon O’Shea, Chairman at Haslers, said: “We feel so lucky that Frank has allowed us to continue to support his fantastic appeal and we are also delighted that we were able to extend our reach this year and help Loughton Baptist Church’s Give a Gift scheme.
“Our staff go above and beyond every year to not only help our clients but also support local charities, both individually and through our in-house charity the Haslers Foundation. I hope the gifts that we have donated will bring some festive cheer to those who received them.”