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Shoppers at Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough proved their generosity as the Queensgate Gift Tree received a record-breaking 3,500 gifts for children in the local area.

In partnership with local charity, Spurgeons, the aim of the Queensgate Gift Tree is to ensure that all children in Peterborough that may not otherwise receive a gift, had something to open at Christmas.

Sally Chalfont, Community Engagement and Volunteer Co-ordinator for Spurgeons, says: “Wow – we are simply amazed at just how kind and generous the people of Peterborough have been. We hoped to beat last year’s total but doubling it is just incredible.”

“This is the third year that we’ve had the Gift Tree in centre and we are absolutely delighted with the number of gifts that have been donated,” says Mark Broadhead, Centre Director at Queensgate.

Last year, the people of Peterborough showed their generosity by donating 1,647 presents. This year, just over 3,500 gifts were donated and delivered by volunteers at Spurgeons.

The Queensgate Gift Tree at the customer information desk on the upper mall included a gift tag representing a child that Spurgeons works with; it was either pink for a girl or blue for a boy, with the child’s name and age on it. Shoppers chose a tag and bought a present for that child.

Spurgeons is a national children’s charity supporting children and their families for almost 150 years. Spurgeons delivers around 100 services across the country, including children’s centres and projects to support young carers, teenage parents, and children and young people.


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