Google Premier partner launches Christmas homeless hamper scheme

Digital marketing experts SearchQuest have launched their annual Christmas appeal and are reaching out to other Lancaster businesses to get involved.

They are inviting businesses and residents to stop by their Church Street offices to donate hamper items to the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS).

The award-winning digital marketing agency is collecting donations from staff, local residents and other businesses to help give those who are less fortunate a comfortable Christmas.

Senior Digital Marketing Executive, Katie Hornby, has been organising the collection and is overwhelmed at the generosity of both staff and the public.

She said: "Christmas is supposed to be a special time of year for everyone, so we thought it would be a great idea to give a little to those who may not be as fortunate as we are.

“I'm amazed by the amount of donations that we’ve received after only two days of our appeal being launched. With just under a week left until we deliver our hampers, we are hoping even more people will get involved and make Christmas extra special for those who are homeless in the area.”

LDHAS need a variety of items, including dried fruit, cartons of fruit juice, socks, gloves, sanitary items and non-perishable foods, and are extremely grateful for anything that can be spared for those who will be spending Christmas outside this year.

It has become tradition for SearchQuest, an official Google Premier Partner, to dedicate their services to helping those less-fortunate since their founding in 2000.

So far, the Lancaster-grown business has created more than 20 hampers for the charity, and hope to put together at least another ten before they deliver them on Friday, December 23. Last Christmas, they collected for both the St. John’s Hospice and Animal Care charities and recently raised more than £500 at their Macmillan Coffee Morning. Anyone wants to contribute to this year's Christmas hamper collection can drop their items off at SearchQuest's headquarters at 80 Church Street before Thursday, December 22.