Here at Junction 32 we have partnered with a number of community and charity initiatives as it gets into the spirit of the season of giving!
First up was a £500 food donation to the Smawthorne Community Project – The Link, to help them deliver Christmas hampers to local schools for families in crisis. The local food bank, which has been in operation since 2013, helps hundreds of people in Castleford and the surrounding area every week.
In addition to the generous donation, we launched our first Giving Tree to encourage shoppers to leave gifts for the shopping centre’s two nominated charities Barnardo’s and Prince of Wales Hospice.
Management were overwhelmed with the volume of gifts and two members of the Junction 32 team went along to the Prince of Wales Hospice annual Christmas party to hand them out to patients.
Darren Winter, Centre Manager said: “During this busy time of year it is very easy to forget that there are so many people that will, for one reason or another, struggle during the festive season.
“Each year we work with as many local charities as possible to help them raise money or collect gifts to ease the burden on those that find themselves in difficulty.
“As always, our wonderful shoppers have been absolutely amazing and I would like to personally thank everyone that has done something to support all the deserving causes.”
Tim Weeks, Lead Volunteer at Smawthorne Community Project – The Link, said: “What a fantastic donation of from Junction 32!"
“With their help we can provide Christmas hampers to 50 families and continue to provide weekly food parcels to families in and around Castleford. I would like to thank them on behalf of all our volunteers.”
Tracey Mearns, Partnership Development Coordinator at the Prince of Wales Hospice, added: “On behalf of our staff, patients and their families, thank you to Juntion 32 and all their customers that have donated gifts to date, it really helps make a difference at this time of year and has got everyone in the festive spirit!”