Help vulnerable children in this year's Wokingham Times Giving TreeBy Becky Barnes
November 29, 2012
Santa's secret helpers joined the town and borough mayors to launch The Wokingham Times Giving Tree Appeal on Saturday.
The appeal, which has run for more than 10 years, gives people the chance to brighten up Christmas for some of Wokingam’s most vulnerable or impoverished families by giving gifts to children.
Christmas trees around the borough have been decorated with tags full of present ideas for children supported by local charities.
Gill McKernan, who is co-ordinating this year’s appeal, said: “There is a shortage of money for families but it doesn’t stop them being generous to people less fortunate than themselves.
“It doesn’t matter how much the gift costs – it is going to be appreciated. I have already delivered tags to some of the firms and I have had calls asking for more tags even before the launch.”
Mrs McKernan thanked everyone for attending the launch with a special mention to Helen Duncan, community champion at Tesco, Finchampstead Road, for hosting the launch.
The charities benefiting this year include Barnardo’s, Young Carers, Dingley Play Group, Transform Housing and Support, Home Start Wokingham, ASD Family Help and Berkshire County Blind Society.
Ellie Pollitt, of Transform Housing and Support, said: “This is a brilliant appeal which allows us to support our most in-need families – it is a great way to bring the community together and to allow people in need to know someone cares and to help them accept support.”
Many of the children have disabilities or special needs so the gifts have been chosen to reflect their needs.
Wokingham Borough Mayor Councillor Bob Wyatt said: “For many years now we have seen these charitable donations made to a number of people who otherwise might not get what they wanted for Christmas. We thank all the people who have been involved in providing a little bit of extra joy for Christmas for the people they support.”
Giving Trees can be found at Tesco in Finchampstead Road, Zappas in Bean Oak Road, Peach Street and Crowthorne High Street, Perforce, in Wellington Road, Wokingham, Morrisons in Woosehill, Nirvana Spa in Sindlesham, Premier Research in Fishponds Road and Newbury Building Society in Broad Street.
There will also be trees in Bracknell at Tesco in County Lane, Warfield, Tesco in Whitton Road, Martins Heron, RSA House in Western Road, Bracknell, Sourcefire in Wokingham Road and at the Dell offices in Cain Road.
Pick a tag from the tree, purchase the present idea on the tag and return the gift, unwrapped, to the place where you collected the tag.