Waterside Centre aiming to wrap up 2019 charity fundraising in style

Waterside Centre aiming to wrap up 2019 charity fundraising in style

The centre is once again joining forces with St Barnabas Hospice and Allen Signs to install its Christmas Wrapping Station on the High Street level and raise money for the hospice.

Volunteers from the centre, Allen Signs and St Barnabas will be on hand between Friday 13th and 21st December to wrap presents in return for a donation.

Last year the Christmas Wrapping Station raised over £500 for St Barnabas and a figure Dean Cross, the centre's general manager, is hoping to top this year.

"St Barnabas helps so many people across Lincolnshire living with life-limiting or terminall illnesses, and I think most people know someone who has been touched by them. It would be such a good end to the year if the Wrapping Station raises more than it did last year," says Dean.

Like last year, all the presents brought into the centre will be wrapped in unique paper, designed and printed by Allen Signs.

Glen Merryweather, Director at Allen Signs, said:

"Last year's wrapping station was a great success and we were really pleased to be able to help Dean and Caroline bring the idea to life. Once again, we're donating over 1,500 metres of wrapping paper, and several of our team will be giving up their free time to help wrap people's presents. Christmas is not just about receiving presents, it's also about giving, and we hope people will be very generous with their donations."

Established as a charitable trust in 1982, St Barnabas needs £5.5 million a year to be able to provide its services.

"It is great that the Waterside Centre and Allen Signs are once again coming together to support our fantastic, time-saving idea. If you're not very good at wrapping presents or are really pushed for time, then the Christmas Wrapping Station is the place to go to!" says Caroline Swindin, Corporate & Community Lead at St Barnabas." All of the money raised will help us continue to deliver free, high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care and support to more than 10,500 patients and families across Lincolnshire. We aim to enable them to live as fully as they are able for however many days, weeks or months they have left."

As well as the Christmas Wrapping Station, 2019 has seen St Barnabas benefit from the Waterside's Charity Fashion Show, sales of reusable drinks cups, cake sales and much more.

St Barnabas is not the only charity benefitting from the support of the Waterside. The centre is also currently hosting the Giving Tree on the lower level.

Organised by the Christmas Sacks project, the Giving Tree, allows people to donate a present to someone who is struggling financially. To support the project, people simply buy a gift and take it to the tree before 15th December, and then attach one of the gift tags to the item. Each tag has the details of the child or person who will receive it.

"There's no need to wrap the gift as Christmas Sacks would ideally like to receive them unwrapped. New, toiletry sets, hats, gloves, scarves, toys, craft sets and books are perfect! All of the donations will go to families with small children, homeless young people or even older people who are isolated and have no support," says Dean. "It's been another very successful year in terms of fundraising, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us and the numerous charities we've welcomed to the centre in 2019."

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