Generous Northfield shoppers helped to raise more than £150 last weekend, when a local children’s charity hosted a fundraiser to help grant sick children’s Christmas wishes.
Volunteers from Matt’s Mission Children’s Charity, which was founded by Matt Denning in Birmingham in 2011, were at Northfield Shopping Centre on Friday, 4 and Saturday, 5 November in a bid to raise vital funds to send five local families on a festive trip to Lapland in December.
“It was a delight to be welcomed to Northfield Shopping Centre last week,” said Anne-Marie Gilligan, who is a volunteer for Matts Mission, which is dedicated to ‘making smiles grow’ through providing special gifts and trips for poorly children and their families during difficult times.
“We had a fantastic time with lots of shoppers helping to fund the children’s upcoming trip and it was the perfect opportunity to tell shoppers and retailer staff all about Matts Mission.
“If we didn’t have the chance to host collections like this, we wouldn’t have been able to take these families to Lapland for Christmas so we are really grateful to the centre team and shoppers for being so generous,” said Anne-Marie.
Adam Meade, Northfield Shopping Centre manager, said it was a pleasure to see volunteers from Matts Mission at the centre. “As an integral part of the Northfield community, it is really important to myself and the rest of the centre team to show our support for charities, especially those that are helping families of sick children locally.
“For our shoppers to be able to add £150 to Matts Mission’s fund to ensure the festive trip can go ahead in December is fantastic and as a centre we are really proud to be involved.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Northfield, who donated to Matts Mission whilst they were at the centre and we hope the children and their families have a lovely time meeting Santa in Lapland.”
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