Banbury retail park launches Christmas hospital appeal

Banbury Gateway Shopping Park, in partnership with Horton Hospital, calls upon shoppers to help support the launch of their Christmas Present Appeal, a campaign which ensures children and families in hospital over the festive period, receive the Christmas they deserve.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 1:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 1:40 pm
You can drop off gifts at M&S
You can drop off gifts at M&S

Launched this week visitors to Banbury Gateway Shopping Park can make someone’s Christmas extra special, by donating brand-new toys and other unwrapped gifts until December 15 at the lingerie till point inside M&S.

Gail Williams, fundraising and events manager for Horton General Hospital Charity said: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up Banbury Gateway Shopping Park this year. The support we have received means that we are able to accept so many gifts from the general public.

“Our Christmas Present Appeal is responsible for making sure so many children and elderly across the Banbury and surrounding area have a Christmas to remember.

"Everyone deserves to have wonderful experiences at this special time of year, and by working in partnership with Banbury Gateway Shopping Park and M&S we are able to provide this.”

There are five donation categories ranging from birth to three years through to 13 to 16 year olds, as well as elderly patients to ensure those most in need are catered for. Toy and gift suggestions include toys, activity games and puzzles for the youngest, with books, toiletries and blankets needed most for the eldest.

Nicole Campbell, asset manager for Banbury Gateway Shopping Park, said: “Christmas is such a wonderful time for most families, but for some it can be difficult.

"We believe no one should miss out. We’re proud to be working with Horton Hospital, because the initiative allows us to make a real difference in people’s lives at a time they need it most,”

“We’re very grateful to M&S and we hope that our customers will lend their support to this worthy cause.”

For more information about how and what to donate, click here.