STAFF and contractors at Thames Oilport in Coryton have really been in the Christmas spirit in the truest sense.
On Wednesday (11 December) staff from Thurrock Council’s children’s social care team went to the Oilport to pick up over a hundred presents donated by the Thames Oilport Works Council and others brought in by individual staff members.
The council’s portfolio holder for Children’s Social Care, cllr Bukky Okunade said: “On behalf of the social care team I would like to thank everyone at Thames Oilport for their amazing generosity.
“Many of the most needy children we work with are facing difficult times and this helps ensure they will have a memorable and happy Christmas.
“This generosity and commitment really sums up the true spirit of Christmas.”
Council staff will be delivering the gifts before the Big Day and Cllr Okunade added: “The children are asked what Father Christmas should get them for Christmas, or staff know the children well enough to decide on presents.
“Social workers have an incredibly difficult job and seeing the children’s faces light up with joy when they get the chance to play Santa gives them a well deserved and tremendous boost too.”
David Carter, general manager at Thames Oil Port, said: “We are very happy to support community decisions made by our staff representatives of the works council.”