Giving Trees receive record number of gifts

Shoppers have showed their charitable side this festive season, as the ever-popular Giving Trees at Churchill Square in Brighton received a record number of gifts for Rockinghorse.

We have delivered gifts donated via the Giving Trees to children in hospital during the Christmas period. The campaign has been running for the past seven years, and has become a firm festive favourite across the city. This year saw a staggering 407 gifts donated – a record for the campaign.

For the first time, tags were located on three different trees in the centre, giving shoppers plenty of opportunities to pick up a tag and take part. Churchill Square Centre Director, Mark Buchanan-Smith, said he was delighted with the response…

“Christmas is the season of giving and visitors to the centre really demonstrated that with the number of gifts they donated,” he said. “We know from experience that the Giving Tree campaign is always popular and it’s fantastic that so many people dug deep to help children in hospital this Christmas, have a present to open on the big day.

“This year our shoppers went above and beyond. I’m thrilled that so many presents were donated and I know that it made such a difference to those less fortunate, especially at a time when so many of us take things like presents for granted.”

Rockinghorse Chief Executive, Ryan Heal, said: “Thanks to the generosity of Churchill Square customers, we’ve been able to deliver a huge amount of presents to our beneficiary projects in Sussex, including young patients at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

“The Giving Tree campaign has once again proved to be very popular and we are extremely grateful to Churchill Square for choosing to support Rockinghorse, and would like to thank everyone who donated a gift for a poorly child this Christmas.”

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