It’s the time of the year to play Santa, so for the Rochdale area, at least, that means Ameon and Willmott Dixon Construction supporting Rochdale Borough Council’s ‘Giving Back’ Christmas Toy Appeal, to ensure that disadvantaged children in the town will not be empty handed on Christmas Day.

Along with Willmott Dixon we’re involved in the construction of the prestigious Upperbanks development in Rochdale, and having heard of the Christmas appeal, we decided to be part of the local toy story.

Great that Willmott Dixon’s Upperbanks’ build manager, Sarah Cooper and senior build manager, Jaime Dawson got us involved: the result of which is the donation of a selection of new toys to bring smiles to the faces of disadvantaged girls and boys in the borough.

Principal contract manager, Dave Scott was delighted to be able to play Father Christmas, even though he didn’t get to wear the iconic red outfit!  He said: “Our policy is to support local good causes and we’re proud to support this appeal, particularly at a time of year that is all about giving, because we have a responsibility to help enrich the communities in which we work.”

Richard Wright, Willmott Dixon Construction operations manager, echoed the sentiments, commenting: “At this time of year nobody wants to think of children having to go without a gift at Christmas, which is why we were all so keen to do what we could to help.

It’s good on these occasions to have trusted partners such as Ameon in our supply chain, whom we know to share a similar sense of social responsibility to our own, and together we hope we can make Christmas a little happier for the children of Rochdale.”