More than 500 children’s Christmas presents have been donated to Portsmouth charities thanks to council contractors.

Portsmouth City Council asked some of its key suppliers if they could support local charities this Christmas with gifts for vulnerable children in the city and has been overwhelmed with the generous response.

Donations have been made by 12 companies which will be passed to local charities including The Roberts Centre, to pass on to families and children they support.

Carole Damper, CEO of The Roberts Centre said: “These presents will make a huge difference to children across the city. It’s often taken for granted that children will have a gift to open on Christmas Day but not all of them would without this kind of support and we’re so grateful to the council and the companies it works with for these donations.”

The donated presents are part of the council’s commitment to social value and ensuring its suppliers are providing maximum benefit to communities in the city.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of the Council, (pictured with Carole with some of the presents) said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to provide presents for so many children in Portsmouth. We’ve made a point of encouraging every company we work with to support local communities wherever possible; these Christmas presents are a fantastic addition to that, and I’d like to thank everyone who has got involved.”

The council’s social value policy ensures companies working on council contracts support the local community. It was introduced two and half years ago and, in that time, has generated millions of pounds worth of benefits to local communities, including donating equipment to community organisations, volunteering, providing training, creating opportunities for local employment, and giving opportunities to disadvantaged groups such as the disabled, ethnic minorities and young people.

The full list of companies to donate presents is:

  • Wightman & Parrish
  • Mountjoy
  • Comserv
  • Future Water (A joint Mackley and Jones Bros. Venture)
  • FR Consultants
  • DM Habens
  • MLL Telecom
  • LST Projects
  • Purkiss
  • CES
  • Vale
  • ETEC

Carole Damper, Chief Executive Officer of The Roberts Centre and Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Steve Pitt