Toys have arrived at the Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service, just in time for Christmas. Siemens Mobility employees at their site in Chippenham proudly volunteered their time to purchase, gift wrap and prepare science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM)-related toys for a local charity supporting victims of domestic abuse.
The company bought the toys from Ducklings Toy Shop in nearby Royal Wootton Bassett and the volunteers packaged the toys into individual, recyclable gift bags with age range labels on, also attaching batteries and screwdrivers, where required.
In total three boxes containing 35 STEM toys were handed over at Westlea Primary School collection point on 16 December and have now been sorted and distributed to children of families dealing with domestic violence.
Rob Morris, Managing Director, Rail Infrastructure at Siemens Mobility said:
“We’re proud to be doing our bit to support the Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service, which does fantastic work to support the local community.
“And we hope that some of the children opening these toys on Christmas day are inspired to become engineers and join us at our Chippenham factory!”
Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service was established in 1975 by Jenni Manners (MBE) and was one of the first operational refuges outside of London. The charity has helped several thousand victims and survivors to start new lives free from violence and abuse.
In its work, the charity also supports children and young people, assisting their growth with preventative work in schools to educate adults and children to promote positive change and healthy relationships.
For years, Siemens Mobility has donated STEM toys to its local communities, helping to encourage children from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue STEM fields such as engineering.
Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service 24-hour helpline: 01793 610 610