Posted on 21 December 2015
Kent Science Park tenants gave something back this Christmas by filling and decorating hampers for the children and their families who will be spending the holiday season at Demelza Hospice. In order to encourage companies to get involved, Kent Science Park held a competition to see who could come up with the most creative design for their hamper.
Almost 20 hampers were entered into the Park-wide competition. Entrants were given a box, a £5 starter donation from KSP and an age range to target their box at- this could be anything from a girl or boy under five, right the way through to a box dedicated to parents and carers.
There were some extraordinarily innovative designs this year, with the hampers created to resemble chimneystacks, a five-foot sleigh and even Santa made entirely of plastic cups! Each of the boxes was filled with presents such as toys, jewellery and chocolates. In the end, it was staff from INO Therapeutics who were announced overall winners, with Dovetail Services following as runners-up.
James Speck, Site Director at Kent Science Park, commented on the success of the competition: “this is the fifth year we have run the competition, and once again the tenants have surpassed any of our expectations. We had a vast number of hampers entered and I am astounded by the thought and effort that has gone into the competition. As you can imagine, picking a winner was not easy!”
Claire Fosbeary, Community Fundraising at Demelza Hospice, visited Kent Science Park to collect the hampers. She said: “We are incredibly grateful to Kent Science Park for organising the Christmas hamper competition each year. We were incredibly impressed by the Hampers that were donated – they were all so creative! Everyone at Demelza would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Kent Science Park for their support. The lovely gifts will make a real difference to our children and families this Christmas”.