A WHOLE host of organisations and resident have praised the Give a Gift partnership between intu Lakeside and Thurrock Council.
Ben Leeson, Marketing Manager, intu Lakeside said:
“It was an honour for intu Lakeside to partner with Thurrock Council to host Give a Gift in centre for a second year. With 2016 being such a successful year, we were pleased to be able to support the projects growth by housing this years campaign in its own store unit. We are proud that our generous shoppers have been able to bring happiness to 1,850 children on Christmas day.”
intu Lakeside provided the Give a Gift shop for three weeks, rent and rates free.
Howard Oldstein, Regional Centre Director, John Strachan (intu Chairman) and Alexander Nicholl (Corporate Responsibility Director) visited the shop on Thursday 23 November after hearing about the project. They spoke to the volunteers and congratulated them on a great project and purchased a gift.
Kristina Jackson, Thurrock CVS said:
“We are pleased to be have been part of this year’s Give a Gift project. GiFT is a Thurrock CVS project and our aim is to raise money to help the people of Thurrock.
“We are delighted with the amount raised at the intu Give a Gift store and know it will make a tremendous difference in the lives of local young people.”
Thurrock CVS will manage the funding raised and make it available to those in need as part of the two priority areas of the GiFT project (Looked after Children and Young Carers).
Peter Wiffen, Managing Director, HW Wilson said:
“Too many children in our local community do not have the Christmas they deserve and H W Wilson, a proud local company and supporter, wanted to do its bit to ensure that as many of those children as possible enjoyed Christmas 2017. The ‘Give a Gift’ campaign was the perfect opportunity that allowed us to make a difference, to make a contribution, and we did not hesitate to support it and would encourage everyone to do so too.”
HW Wilson donated six days of work preparing the shop, painting, plastering and making good the electrics. HW Wilson team made significant present donation on the very first day the project opened.
Deb Huelin, Your DIY Centre in Corringham said:
“It was a great honour to have been asked to provide the tree for the 2017 Give a Gift project. Christmas is a time for giving and thinking of others and it has been a pleasure to help the project achieve what it has in such a short space of time.”
Your DIY Centre donated the shop centre piece – a 10ft tree with accompanying lights.
Zoe Bryant, Compliance Manager, Tesco Extra Lakeside
“Tesco Extra Lakeside couldn’t have been more honoured to support Give a Gift at intu Lakeside this year. Such a worthwhile cause that will bring happiness to so many children who deserve it. Contributing was our pleasure and without hesitation we would do it again. Thank you for letting us be part of this fantastic achievement.”
After being let down late into the project, Tesco Extra at Lakeside, stepped in and donated Christmas Decorations along with other items. More importantly, Tesco also loaned hundreds of stackable crates which helped the project team organise and move the presents from the shop back to the Civic offices. Picture 3.
Karen Wardell, a partner at Accountancy & Business Advisory firm Kingston Smith in Romford, said: “We were so pleased to help collect for Give A Gift. It’s a wonderful project and people were very generous with their donations.”
“It may sound cheesy, but Christmas is a time for giving and we really wanted to give something back to less fortunate members of the local community,” said Charlotte Goard, Accountant at Kingston Smith in Romford.
“Children who probably wouldn’t have got a Christmas present, will now be receiving a gift on Christmas Day, thanks to the kindness of shoppers. I’m happy to have played a small part in helping arranging that”, said Amy Cumbers of Kingston Smith Accountants in Romford.
Kingston Smith led a take-over day and allowed staff to come and volunteer during the working day.
Jay, Manager at Specsavers, Lakeside
“It’s always a pleasure to get involved with the Give a Gift initiative, and to be able to do something for the children in our local community. At Specsavers intu Lakeside, we help members of the community see better daily, but this is a lovely way to do something different for the local community. The team loved going to choose the presents; it brings out the child in us.”
Specsavers supplied rolls of the ‘top requested’ wrapping paper – Costco – donated lots of gifts and gave a cash donation.