A nightclub in Basildon is spreading a different kind of Christmas cheer this year with 12 acts of kindness.
The Deltic Group’s Unit 7 club in Festival Leisure Park, which opened last year, has created a ‘Community Squad’ to carry out 12 good deeds and thoughtful acts to support local charities and the wider community this Christmas. Throughout December, staff from the venue will be volunteering their time to help bring some festive cheer to those most in need.
From litter picking for the Dogs Trust and helping out at a food bank at Leigh Chapel North Community Centre to hosting a student party in aid of Luke’s Hospice and donating a Christmas tree, toys and teddy-bears to Basildon Hospital, the team will be rolling up their sleeves and working hard to help those in need.
Colin Goodwin, Unit 7’s new general manager, explains: “Christmas can be a particularly tough time for those less fortunate and we wanted to spread some festive joy to local people. It’s a really busy time of year and it can be easy to forget the true spirit of Christmas so we wanted to re-connect with the Basildon community and do our bit to help.
“A simple act of kindness can have a lasting impact. We hope this initiative will also inspire our community to do something to help or brighten someone’s day.”
Unit 7’s ‘12 Days of Christmas Cheer’ good deeds are:
1. Donating a bottle of brandy as a raffle prize for Forget Me Not’s Memory Cafe
2. Litter picking for the Dogs Trust
3. Jet-washing the patio, gardening and donating a Christmas tree to Ronald MacDonald House at Basildon Hospital
4. Running a ‘Bring a toy or teddy in exchange for admission before 11pm’ on 17th December for the Polly Parrot Appeal at Basildon Hospital
5. Supporting the Mayor of Basildon with charity collections at Festival Leisure Park
6. Donating unclaimed coats that have been left in Unit 7’s cloakrooms (for longer than three months) and a £200 clothing voucher to Mosaic Family Shelter, a project for homeless families
7. Surprising a young cancer patient with a gift
8. Leaf-picking and tidying up a communal garden at Oakdene Shelter Housing
9. Running a Student Christmas Party in aid of St Luke’s Hospice
10. Surprising a Unit 7 customer with a treat to make their night more memorable
11. Supporting a budding local DJ superstar with the chance to DJ at the venue in January
12. Volunteering at Leigh Chapel North Community Centre Foodbank to distribute food
The team supported the Mayor of Basildon, Councillor David Harrison on Saturday by helping with his charity collection for two charities, Wagtail Children’s Ward at Basildon Hospital and St Luke’s Hospice Counselling Service for Children and Young People.
The Mayor commented: “I was delighted to be approached by the team at Unit 7 and have their help in collecting for the charities I support. I think their ’12 acts of kindness’ is a fantastic idea and it’s wonderful to see an organisation really embracing giving at Christmas. I hope residents across the Borough will share that goodwill and help us to raise money and support local projects in this way.”
If anyone is interested in helping the Unit 7 Community Squad please contact the venue on: 01268 532299