Giving Trees return to Churchill Square in time for Christmas

The famous Giving Trees returned to Churchill Square shopping centre this week with presents being donated to Rockinghorse for children in hospital

Shoppers can get involved by collecting gifts, which will be donated to Rockinghorse, as part of the shopping centre’s hugely popular Giving Tree campaign.

As of Thursday 3 December, visitors to Churchill Square can visit the special Christmas trees, located on the east, west and lower central malls. Shoppers can then select a tag and purchase a recommended gift for a poorly child. The unwrapped, donated item can then to be taken to the customer services desk, along with the tag, up until 5pm on Christmas Eve.

All the gifts will help Rockinghorse provide presents to children in hospital this Christmas. Donations will be taken to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, where Rockinghorse is the official fundraising arm.

Rockinghorse CEO Ryan Heal and Janella Merritt, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, were joined by Mark Buchanan-Smith, Centre Director and Tara Phillips, Retail Marketing Executive from Churchill Square for the official launch of the Giving Trees on Thursday 3 December.

Let’s try and better the 450 presents donated last year!

Mark is really happy that to be able to help the charity again this year: “We’re thrilled to be able to support Rockinghorse and all of the incredible work that they do. The charity is one that is close to our hearts; we wouldn’t be where we are without the support from our community and neighbours, and so to be able to give back to the vulnerable children at Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in such a magical way is fantastic.

“This year in particular families across Sussex have faced hardship and difficulties unimaginable, and we’re thrilled that this campaign will provide so many special surprises for them come Christmas Day. It really is the spirit of Christmas!”

Janella Merritt, corporate fundraising manager at Rockinghorse, said: “We are so grateful to Churchill Square for choosing to support us again during this year’s Giving Tree appeal.

“Last year, the centre’s generous shoppers donated over £5,000 worth of toys and gifts for poorly children in Brighton and across Sussex. We look forward to donating many more presents to young people in hospital again to help make their Christmas that little bit better.”

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