News — Shoppers gift to Wearside Women in Need
Galleries Gift to Wearside Women in Need
Pictured: David McNee, centre manager at the Galleries (right) with Paul Barrett, business development manager (left) and Toni Siggens, administration manager (centre), from Wearside Women in Need.
Shoppers at the Galleries Shopping Centre have again supported Wearside Women in Need by donating thousands of gifts to help families spending Christmas in local refuges.
A Giving Tree was set up in Wessington Square with shoppers encouraged to take a tag from the tree which features stories from children who will be spending Christmas away from home and buy a gift to help spread a little seasonal magic.
David McNee, centre manager at the Galleries, said: “Shoppers at the Galleries have supported Wearside Women in Need in this way every Christmas for many years.
“Once again their generosity has shone through with so many presents being donated to help this local charity. We all know Christmas is a special time of year and with the help of our shoppers we hope to help those less fortunate.
“The requests were for simple things but they bring enormous pleasure to those who will receive them and our shoppers were invited to come and pick a tag and donate that present for us to pass on.”
Wearside Woman in Need is a local charity, based in Washington helping vulnerable children, young people and families in need. They offer housing and support for families fleeing domestic violence, as well as offering work programmes for men who have a history of being violent to woman. They also offer advice and safe accommodation for young teenage women who have found themselves homeless.
Clare Phillipson, director of Wearside Woman in Need added: “Shoppers and staff from the Galleries make a huge difference to families in the refuges at this time of year and I can’t express how much it means to them.”