Operation Christmas proves a huge success at Ankerside 

Wednesday, 21st December 2016

TWO local charities are set to enjoy a great Christmas after a bumper haul of presents was donated to Operation Christmas at Ankerside making the annual gift giving appeal a huge success.

Acorns Children’s Hospice and Pathways Project are set to benefit from the kindness and generosity of shoppers after hundreds of presents were popped in the collection box, ensuring both charities enjoy a fantastic festive season.

Ankerside Centre Manager, Jeff Wigley, said he was overawed by the response to Operation Christmas. “The number of donations this year has been astonishing,” said Jeff. “It’s the thirteenth year that we’ve hosted the collection and the generosity of our great customers has been outstanding, this year they’ve gone above and beyond.”

As well as donations from shoppers, local business Hampton Knight donated more than 50 gifts to the appeal and Jeff said he was delighted that the entire community had got involved in the appeal.

“The festive period is a time of giving and the people of Tamworth have really demonstrated that,” said Jeff. “It’s wonderful to see shoppers and businesses alike donating and I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who got involved, the gifts really will make a difference to those that need them and appreciate them most in the area.”

Abi Floyd, Community Fundraising Manager at Acorns, said: “We’re so grateful to Ankerside for their ongoing support and the generosity of local people who have once again got behind this fantastic appeal. Children who use Acorns are often only able to use specialist sensory toys, so the presents will be given out to their siblings and sold in our shops to help raise vital funds for our care.”

Stephanie (beige jacket) and Paige (leather jacket) from Hampton Knight with Jeff, Lucy and Santa.

Stephanie (beige jacket) and Paige (leather jacket) from Hampton Knight with Jeff, Lucy and Santa.

Dawn Edge Children’s worked at Pathway Project added: “Once again, at the Pathway Project, we are completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Tamworth and all those who donated to the appeal.  We are extremely grateful to all the individuals and businesses who gave a thought to those less fortunate and donated gifts.

“The families that we accommodate will receive these presents and we can assure you that your generosity means that the children will have presents to open on Christmas day and a smile on their faces.  Thank you all so much.”

Dawn Edge and Heather Foley from Pathway with Centre Manager Jeff Wigley, Abi Floyd from Acorns and Lucy Harvey

Dawn Edge and Heather Foley from Pathway with Centre Manager Jeff Wigley, Abi Floyd from Acorns and Lucy Harvey

Stephanie McConville PR and Communications Officer from Hampton Knight said: “As a family owned and operated company we strive to uphold traditional family values in all that we do. We are incredibly happy to be able to get involved with two very deserving charities and give back to the local community this Christmas.”