The generosity of people in Peterborough is already exceeding expectations this year as the Queensgate Gift Tree, in partnership with Spurgeons Children’s Charity, has received more than 2,000 gifts so far.
The Gift Tree, located at the Customer Information Desk (outside John Lewis) invites shoppers to choose a tag with a child’s name, age and gender on and donate an unwrapped present that is donated to a child that would not normally have a Christmas present.
Carol Wakelin, environmental manager at Queensgate Shopping Centre, said: “Each year our shoppers are fantastically generous towards the Gift Tree and this year is no different.
"We are happily overwhelmed with the number of gifts already received - it is fantastic to see. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and thank you to those who are yet to donate, your gifts really do make Christmas for many families around Peterborough.”
Final donations for the Queensgate Gift Tree will be accepted on Wednesday, December 20 so that Spurgeons, with the help of local delivery company APC, and of course Santa himself, can ensure all gifts are beautifully wrapped and delivered to children in time for Christmas Day.
Spurgeons Children’s Charity is a national children’s charity which has been supporting children and their families for 150 years. The charity delivered more than 80 projects in the last year to find long-lasting solutions to the challenges faced by children and families, including: poverty, abuse problems, offending and other social issues.