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2nd December 2015

Posted In: Community / Charity | Company News

Cardboard Christmas Trees.

A creative community project for Christmas using cardboard

GWP Packaging is doing its bit for the local community this Christmas with a creative project using cardboard.

Twenty cardboard Christmas trees have been designed and produced by GWP Packaging. The trees were then decorated by school children and once finished, were donated to a local care home for the residents to enjoy.

Cardboard Christmas trees
St Sampsons Primary School children with their decorated cardboard Christmas trees

Tree, two, one, go…

Following on from last year’s Christmas tree decorating competition for staff members’ children and young relatives, GWP Packaging decided to share the cardboard Christmas trees with the local community.

The children at St Sampson’s School in Cricklade were tasked with decorating the twenty cardboard Christmas trees. The children have been encouraged to be as creative as possible so that each Christmas tree is unique and special.

All two hundred and ninety pupils at St Sampson’s have been able to participate in the project. The school was only too pleased to participate.

Happy customers of GWP Group

When GWP Packaging asked us to help with the project we thought it would be lovely for the children to assist. They are having great fun decorating the trees, trying to make each one different and individual.

Melanie James | Art Teacher, St Sampson’s School

Representatives from GWP Packaging visited St Sampson’s on 2 December to see how the children were getting on with their task.

Happy customers of GWP Group

It was great to see the children working together and being so creative. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished Christmas trees.

Matt Dobson | Marketing Manager, GWP Group

As well as a creative challenge for the children, Melanie James from St Sampson’s pointed out that being involved in a project that helps other people is a valuable lesson for the children.

Happy customers of GWP Group

The project is a really good way for the children to be able to think about how they can help others at Christmas.

Melanie James | Art Teacher, St Sampson’s School

Making the trees

Steve Mann – a designer at GWP Packaging – was responsible for designing the cardboard Christmas trees.

The trees are three dimensional and are able to stand up with no additional support. To achieve this, the trees are made from two pieces of cardboard that slot together.

Children decorating trees
Children decorating trees that were eventually donated to Whitbourne House care home

The trees have been made from BC flute double wall corrugated cardboard. This will make the trees more robust and able to withstand even the most outlandish of decorations.

Happy customers of GWP Group

It’s great to take part in spreading a little bit of Christmas joy and this project is a nice way to get children being creative and sharing their work with the care home residents.

Melanie James | Art Teacher, St Sampson’s School

Happy customers of GWP Group

We are proud to have initiated this project with St Sampson’s School and are really looking forward to seeing the decorated Christmas Trees. Children are so creative, and the idea that the residents of Whitbourne House will benefit from their creations and have a reminder that is Christmas is an added bonus.

Ruth Cook | Managing Director, GWP Packaging

Delivering the Trees to the Care Home

11 December saw the cardboard Christmas trees arrive at Whitbourne House care home in Swindon.

Staff from GWP Packaging visited the residents of Whitbourne House – a SEQOL care home, to deliver a collection of cardboard Christmas trees that had been decorated especially for them.

Residents were delighted and enjoyed having their pictures taken with the beautiful trees. Some of the residents also volunteered to help find the perfect spot for each tree throughout the home.

Staff at Whitbourne House were thrilled to have worked with GWP Packaging and St Sampson’s CE School and to receive the decorated Christmas trees. Plans are underway for safe storage at the end of this festive season so that the trees can be enjoyed again next year.

Whitbourne House residents
Matt Dobson, marketing manager at GWP Group, with staff and residents of Whitbourne House

About Whitbourne House

Whitbourne House is a residential care home in Swindon that caters for forty one residents. The home specialises in caring for residents with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The cardboard Christmas trees that have been donated to the care home will act as a reminder of the time of year to the residents – this is a useful tool for helping those with Dementia to remain engaged with the world around them.

Christmas cheer at GWP Group

GWP really got into the Christmas spirit with a number of other projects, events and sponsorships.

Production and office staff joined together at GWP Group today (Friday 18 December) to mark Christmas Jumper Day.

The Christmas jumper has had a revival over the last few years. An item that previously was the ultimate fashion fail is now so popular that it has its own national day – and we couldn’t resist joining in.There was an impressive selection of Christmas Jumpers on display at our office in Cricklade as staff posed in front of the Christmas tree to show off their festive attire.

GWP Packaging was a proud sponsor again this year of the Cricklade Christmas light switch-on event.

The event, which took place at the beginning of December, saw the town’s Christmas tree lights turned on, as well as a visit from Santa and entertainment from a magician.

GWP staff Christmas jumpers
GWP staff don their Christmas jumpers to raise money for charity

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