Donate a gift and make a child’s Christmas in Hartlepool

Pictured at the Giving Tree in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool are (l-r) Suzanne Chnaey Retail Exec Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Alison Gobie family support worker for Harbour and Joanne Horner child suport worker for Harbour.

Pictured at the Giving Tree in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool are (l-r) Suzanne Chnaey Retail Exec Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Alison Gobie family support worker for Harbour and Joanne Horner child suport worker for Harbour.

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Generous shoppers are being asked to donate a gift to a child this Christmas as part of a Hartlepool shopping centre appeal.

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre has again teamed up with Harbour Women’s Refuge to set up The Giving Tree within the centre.

For ten year the partnership has appealed to shoppers to buy an extra gift this Christmas for children supported by the charity.

Children write what gifts they are hoping to unwrap on Christmas morning on a small tag, which is then placed on the tree. Shoppers can then take one of the tags which state the age and gender of the children and do their bit to support the youngsters by buying the present for them, wrapping it up and taking it back to the Middleton Grange information desk.

Usually between 120 and 150 gifts are donated thanks to generous shoppers and charity bosses and shopping centre staff are hoping for another fantastic response this year.

Mark Rycraft, Centre Manager at Middleton Grange, said “We are overwhelmed each and every year by the fantastic support we get from our shoppers for this appeal.”

A spokeswoman from Harbour said “If It wasn’t for the kindness of the people of Hartlepool the children who are experiencing the effects of domestic abuse would not be getting any presents this Christmas.”

A member of staff from Harbour will be collecting the donations from the shopping centre every week from now until Christmas Eve.

Harbour Women’s Refuge in Hartlepool has six self-contained units, which can be accessed 24 hours a day.