Festive shoppers at Serpentine Green dig deep for charities

Store manager David Wait with Hollie Coupland (14) and Shane Baird (8) and film star Warwick Davis as they launch the donations appeal.

Store manager David Wait with Hollie Coupland (14) and Shane Baird (8) and film star Warwick Davis as they launch the donations appeal.

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City charities will be given a boost in 2015 thanks to the generous donations from shoppers at Serpentine Green throughout December.

During the festive period visitors donated more than 4,500 gifts to a Giving Tree located in the shopping centre in Hampton, Peterborough.

The gifts were passed on to seven local charities and initiatives including Woman’s Aid Peterborough, who help women and their children affected by domestic violence, Axiom Housing Limited, Tate Close, Clare Lodge, Cross Keys, Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) - which provides home visiting, by specially trained family nurses from early pregnancy until a child is two - and various other social organisations to distribute.

The Royal National Institute for the Blind, (RNIB) also raised more than £5,300 - when the charity ran a grotto at the Hampton shopping centre.

Local RNIB volunteers ran the grotto with a helping hand from Serpentine Green staff.

The money raised means hundreds of blind and partially sighted people in Peterborough will be given more support during 2015.

And the generosity of Hampton shoppers didn’t stop there.

Sue Ryder raised an impressive £3,286 for The Thorpe Hall Hospice with its Lights of Love Festival in December, an open air carol concert, which featured a number of local choirs, musicians and bands.

Serpentine Green manager David Wait said: “We are absolutely chuffed by the kindness shown by our customers.

“Their donations will enable so many charities to carry out their good work in Peterborough.”

You can make a donation to Thorpe Hall’s new hospice at by visiting www.thorpehall.org and going to the donations page.