Preston and Burnley business centres join forces to back Barnardo's appeal to make sure children get Christmas presents
Two Lancashire business centres have launched an appeal to bring a smile to young people’s faces this Christmas.
Cotton Court Business Centre in Preston and The Landmark in Burnley have invited members of their local communities to come to the aid of disadvantaged young people across the county this Christmas, asking businesses and members of the public to make a financial donation to Barnardo's and allow staff to purchase gifts for the children they look after.
“It's been a tough year for a lot of people, but for children and young people that are vulnerable, life is now even harder," said Cotton Court Managing Director Robert Binns. "Every year, we're blown away by the support and generosity that the community show towards the appeal [and] this year, more than ever, we’d really like everyone to come together to show that we care."
Liz Wilkinson. General Manager of The Landmark, agreed, saying: “Sadly, we know that this will be a really tough Christmas for many local families as many have suffered job losses and reduced income due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. By donating this year you can help us to remind families facing a tough winter that their community cares.”
Aiming to buy gifts for the 350 young people that Barnardo’s support across Lancashire, the initiative is determined to ensure that no young person with whom Barnardo's is in contact is left without a present to open on Christmas Day.
"Watching faces light up when presents are delivered is one of the greatest joys that our staff experience and the difference these gifts makes to a lonely teenager living in supported accommodation or in their own flats/houses or families struggling financially is almost beyond words," said Debbie Nolan Plunkett, Barnardo’s Assistant Director of Children’s Services.
"Covid-19 has caused so much anxiety and stress for children, young people, and families and making this Christmas count feel more important than any year previously," she added. "We really are grateful to all businesses and individuals who contribute to make a real difference in a child’s life.”
The appeal is running from November 23rd until December 14th, with money raised being used by Barnardo’s Lancashire Services staff who personally know the children they work with to buy them at least one gift. To donate, head to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barnardoslancschristmascollection