For the fourth year in a row, The Queensgate Gift Tree is coming back in partnership with local charity, Spurgeons, to make sure the children of Peterborough receive a gift this Christmas.
Last year, the Queensgate Gift Tree was a huge success for Spurgeons and the people of Peterborough where beyond generous with over 3,670 gifts donated. These presents where then distributed via the Family Support Workers at Spurgeons and many other agencies who work to support families in need.
The gifts where greatly received by many families, some of which wrote ‘Thank You’ letters to Spurgeons, explaining their joy of the gift.
As per previous years, the aim of the Queensgate Gift Tree is for Queensgate shoppers to collect a pre made tag outlining a child’s name, age and gender from the Customer Information desk (outside John Lewis) and donate an unwrapped present.
The Queensgate Gift Tree tags will be available from customer information from October 31 and final donations will be accepted on Wednesday December 21 so that Spurgeons can ensure all gifts are beautifully wrapped and delivered to children in time for Christmas Day.
“Christmas is a magical time of year but equally hard for some families. This Gift Tree is a great way to ensure all families in need have a Christmas and I am immensely proud that we can support Spurgeons with this,” says Mark Broadhead, Centre Director at Queensgate Shopping Centre.
“It’s a really thoughtful campaign and I can’t thank our customers enough for the generosity shown last year. The families where so thankful and this year, we are hoping to do exactly the same, if not better!”
Ross Hendry, CEO of Spurgeons said, “The support we received from the Queensgate Gift Tree last year was invaluable. Our work helps hundreds of families across the country and at Christmas, all the help we can get is greatly appreciated. We are hoping that the Queensgate Gift Tree will again support our families and give them a Christmas they deserve.”
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, children and young people.
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