Well done to popular Romford shopping centre The Mercury for raising a whopping £5k for charities.
Santa may have returned to the North Pole, but it’s been a busy couple of weeks for his team of elves at The Mercury shopping centre. Santa’s Grotto raised £2000 for local charitySaint Francis Hospice, led by Santa’s helper Ian Courtier. The grotto is Romford’s longest running grotto.
He said: “Over 20 years building the grotto into the popular success it has become it is now one of the main go to events at Christmas in Romford and we hope this continues for years to come. Even during these challenging times our loyal customers have continued to show their support.”
The Christmas charity wrapping week raised several hundreds of pounds for local charities including Havering Volunteer Centre, Wanderers Haven Animal Sanctuary, Baby Bank HQand Saint Francis Hospice with local shoppers digging deep into their pockets in exchange for their festive purchases to be lovingly gift wrapped.
King George and Queen’s Hospital Charity hosted their Big Bauble Appeal at the shopping centre which helped deliver over 1,000 presents for patients and bring a little sparkle to hospital wards whilst raising over £3000 between November – December.
Over 100 gifts were donated from customers to support The Mercury Giving Tree appeal and the management suite was the drop- off point for Havering Women’s Aid. They run premises in Havering and supply specialist assistance to male and female victims of domestic abuse. Kerry from Havering Women’s Aid says: “The children were so excited to receive their Christmas parcels and the women were completely overwhelmed by the generosity. It is only with the support of people like yourself that we can make this happen. It is such a wonderful gift to see the joy and pleasure the children get from their presents and this really shows the families that there are kind people out there supporting them through this incredibly difficult time.”
Centre Manager Spencer Hawken said: “It’s an amazing testament to the people of Romford’s generosity, that even in this extended period of unease like the current pandemic, people are still willing to pass money to others less fortunate.”