Our 2019 Christmas Give a Gift Appeal, in partnership with St Albans Community Association and Your Trust Charity has proved to be a success yet again with over 300 new & unwrapped gifts donated. Our Appeal was launched in November and over a six-week period donations came in from generous members of the public, schools and businesses.

We would like to express our thanks to the following organisations:

Sandwell MBC for promoting our Appeal

SCVO for promoting our Appeal

Pure Gym West Birmingham and West Bromwich for collecting donations

Holly Lodge College of Science for collecting donations

Shireland Hall Primary Academy for collecting donations

Christchurch Primary School for collecting donations

Karen Duffy Beatz & Zumba Fitness for collecting donations

Bangladeshi Women's Association for collecting donations

Bangladeshi Islamic Centre for collecting donations

Smethwick Fire Station for collecting donations

ASDA Cape Hill for donating the wrapping paper

We also thank the general public for backing our Appeal and donating many gifts and a whole host of volunteers who spent hours sorting and wrapping the gifts.

Robert Bruce, Chief Executive Officer at Dorothy Parkes Centre said:

It really has been quite overwhelming and the support and generosity of the local community has proven that even in these difficult times, there is still a spirit of goodwill out there and the people of Sandwell continue to strive to make a positive difference"

The beneficiaries of our Appeal are children on the Lyndon Ground Ward at Sandwell General Hospital and older people currently residing at the following local care homes:

Ash Lodge

Oakley Gardens

Karam Court

Beechcroft

Tonia Flannagan, Chief Executive Officer at St Albans Community Association said:

We had a tremendous response to this Appeal last year and this year it has been even bigger and better. The gifts have now been distributed to those children who will spend Christmas in hospital and to older people who do not have any family. Thank you to the generosity of local people, businesses and schools for making this a success"