Centre brings festive cheer

Staff at the NSPCC and St Oswald's Hospice with some of the presents collected at the Keel Row Shopping Centre.
Staff at the NSPCC and St Oswald's Hospice with some of the presents collected at the Keel Row Shopping Centre.

Shoppers helped make Christmas extra special for children.

The Keel Row Shopping Centre, in Blyth, held a ‘Give a Gift’ campaign throughout December to collect presents for the NSPCC and St Oswald’s Hospice.

A total of 187 presents were donated to be given to a child on Christmas Day.

Laura Elliott, St Oswald’s Hospice fundraiser, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that so many of the public got on board.

“The generosity that the public has shown has truly helped to make hundreds of children’s Christmas extra special and I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one who dug deep and donated a present.”

Callum Reid, Keel Row Shopping Centre manager, said: “I’m enormously proud our shoppers have demonstrated so much generosity.”

“It really is a special initiative and seeing how grateful the kids were to receive their presents makes each and every penny spent on a gift for the campaign truly worthwhile.”