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Operation Christmas returns to Ankerside for fourteenth year

THREE Staffordshire charities are set to benefit from the generosity of kind shoppers during the festive season, as a Tamworth shopping centre gears up to welcome the return of its annual Christmas appeal.

From Monday 13 November, Ankerside Shopping Centre will be inviting shoppers to get involved in the centre’s fourteenth Operation Christmas appeal, by donating gifts in support of Acorn Children’s Hospice, Pathways Project and Community Together CIC.

To take part all visitors have to do is simply pop a present into the collection box, which will be located in the mall near H Samuel before Sunday, 14 December.

Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said he is looking forward to showing his support to three wonderful charities this Christmas. “Throughout the year, Ankerside shoppers and the centre team show amazing generosity with our range of charitable activities, including collections for various organisations, awareness raising and our annual Macmillan fundraising day, so it is really important to us to continue this over the festive period,” he said.

No matter how big or small, donated gifts will go to Acorn Children’s Hospice – a charity that offers care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people, and Pathways Project, an organisation that works to support adults, young people and children who are experiencing or affected by domestic abuse. Plus, Community Together CIC who work to support the people of Tamworth through a local drop-in hub featuring everything from a community café to advice gateways to healthy lifestyle promotion and children’s activities.

“This is the first time we have supported three organisations through the Operation Christmas appeal and we’re really pleased for Community Together CIC to join Acorn Children’s Hospice and Pathways Project in this annual campaign,” Jeff added.

“Over the years the people of Tamworth have been extremely generous during the Operation Christmas campaign and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support,” he said. “We look forward to seeing the collection box fill up over the festive period and can’t wait to get them to the charities in time for Christmas.”

The Operation Christmas donation box is currently located in the mall near H Samuel. The box will be in the centre until Thursday 14 December when the gifts will then be split between the three charities and presented to them before Christmas.

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