For the last few years the Beans and I have been selecting gift tags bearing just the names and ages of children whom we would never get to meet. We selected those tags and returned days later bearing gifts which would be given to the children at Christmas. As a parent I feel it is important that my children understand the importance of giving as well as receiving and for them to know that there are many children who are much less fortunate than themselves. I was extremely proud as Christmas approached in 2016 because Little Bean and Beanie Boy both asked “when are we going to the Giving Tree?”
The total number of gifts donated by the public for the Spurgeons Gift Tree in Queensgate Shopping Centre has just been received, and it’s even more than last year’s record.
An incredible, 4,047 presents were donated in total over the festive period, proving the people of Peterborough have very big hearts. “This is a truly remarkable number of gifts donated that I know made a huge difference to thousands of children over Christmas,” said Centre Director at Queensgate Mark Broadhead. He adds: “On behalf of us all at Queensgate, I would like to thank everyone that gave to the Gift Tree, this is a wonderful show of community spirt and generosity that makes us very proud indeed.”
Gifts donated included, hair straighteners, a Kindle, Gryo Flyers, scooters and ride on toys for toddlers as well as clothing from Jack Wills and Super Dry.
Ross Hendry, Spurgeons’ Chief Executive said: “For many of the children these generous gifts may be the only ones they receive at Christmas. Spurgeons would like to send a big thank you the people of Peterborough for their generous support and for making Christmas special for these children. Your gifts will stay in the memory of each child who received them. Through Spurgeons’ work and the generosity of the Queensgate shoppers, each gift sent a message of hope for the future.”
In 2015, 3,670 gifts were donated to the Gift Tree. The 2016 total includes presents donated at a 60th anniversary party, the Oundle & District Brownies & Guides and the Gym in Spalding.
The 4,047 presents were distributed throughout Spurgeons’ network, which includes: Barnados, the Family Nurse Partnership and the East Anglia Children’s Hospice.
APC Overnight volunteered their time, van and manpower to collect the gifts from Queensgate and deliver to the children’s centres, which made the logistics of the project much easier.
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.
It’s all going on at Queensgate, Peterborough