Castle Dene Christmas Gift Appeal 2019: How you, our generous shoppers, can help change people’s lives this Christmas

15th January 2020

Castle Dene Shopping Centre are asking their generous shoppers to reach into their pockets this Christmas and help with their Christmas Gift Appeal.
Castle Dene are working in conjunction with Durham Police, Groundwork, Eden Hill, Town Councillors and East Durham Round Table to put a smile on the faces of under privileged children and the lonely elderly within Durham. It aims to ensure these people have a gift to open on Christmas day.

It’s simple for our shoppers to donate, all we ask them to do is collect a tag from one of the tree’s outside Specsavers, buy a gift, wrap the gift and attach the tag, then drop it off at one of our 4 stores Superdrug, Shoe Zone, Tanfastic and the Management Suite in Castle Dene Shopping Centre.
The gifts will them be collected and delivered to locations around Durham.

Suzanne Chaney, Castle Dene Shopping Centre Manager said “we’re so pleased to be part of this amazing project because no one should wake up without a gift on Christmas morning”
“All we want to do is put a smile on their faces and make their Christmas much more memorable”

Maureen Conway, Community Development Worker from Groundwork said “The Eden hill project is based in the heart of the Eden Hill Community, the project has been operating for the last 24 months, in that time local people have come together to plan and deliver community and youth activities, local people have now become active Volunteers within the project, and work with the wider community on, and with social isolation and deprivation to increase and enable other local people to become involved in their community”

Councillor Louise Fenwick and Scott Meikle, said “We are delighted to be part of the Christmas Gift Appeal. We work closely within the community of Peterlee and see first hand some of the hardships people face especially at Christmas time. If we can somehow alleviate that hardship just a little, it will be worthwhile”

Alexander Chandy, East Durham Round Table said “For over 65 years, East Durham Round Table has been giving back to this community in many different ways, all year round. However, we all know the most important time to give back, is definitely Christmas and we are thrilled to be involved in this amazing project. We look forward to working with someone amazing partnerships this Christmas as we all share the same ambition and all believe that everyone deserves a Christmas gift”

Emma Kay, Durham Police said “As the Neighbourhood Policing Team for Peterlee we have the links and networks with our community hubs and centres to ensure that those who are most vulnerable and in need will get a gift this Christmas”
Drop off points will start on 23rd November and close on 21st December.