Business park boosts Salvation Army appeal

The advent calendars are nearly finished, shopping is just about done and presents are wrapped.

The advent calendars are nearly finished, shopping is just about done and presents are wrapped.

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NEEDY children will have something to smile about this Christmas thanks to the generosity of a business park and its tenants.

Wynyard Park and its resident companies have been collecting gifts in support of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal 2011.

Almost 200 gifts were handed over to The Salvation Army for distribution to local families facing hardship over the festive season.

Major Keith Williams and his wife Major Rosemarie Williams, from The Salvation Army, visited the 700-acre business park to collect the gifts.

They were joined by two children, Emily Ricketts and Jacob Rahman Casans, who attend the Kids 1st nursery on Wynyard Park which contributed to the gift appeal.

Major Keith Williams said: “Every child benefitting from our campaign receives a main gift, a smaller gift and a couple of stocking fillers. We are so grateful for the support given by Wynyard Park and its resident companies, their generosity really will make a difference.

“It can be really moving to see how families react when they receive help via our appeal. On one occasion in the past, we handed a mum a bag containing some presents for her children and she just stood and wept because she had nothing.

“When you see that, it brings home to you the value of our annual appeal and the support we receive from companies such as Wynyard Park because Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time for some families.”

Kimberley Anderson, executive support manager at Wynyard Park, said: “We have a long tradition of collecting at Christmas for the Salvation Army and I’d like to thank our tenants for their support in making this year’s appeal a success.”

“If our gifts help to bring some Christmas joy to just a few local families, the appeal will have been so worthwhile.”