It may still be summertime, but Christmas is coming early for a charity that looks after the needy and homeless during the festive period, thanks to some creative thinking from the staff at Swindon’s Brunel Centre.
A “pop up” shop will open in the centre on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August and the local charity, Christmas Care, will receive the entire takings for the two days of trading.
Members of The Brunel’s management team, who are giving up their free time to support the charity, will staff the temporary shop. Current and former retailers of the shopping centre have donated items for sale, which include sporting memorabilia, books, jewellery and home furnishings. Shoppers will be able to buy a range of goods at bargain knockdown prices.
This is the second year that The Brunel Centre has supported Swindon’s Christmas Care charity.
Steve Fawke, General Manager at The Brunel said: “Last Christmas we had collection boxes around the centre for shoppers to donate their clothing, bedding and food donations and the people of Swindon were very generous in supporting Swindon’s homeless and needy people. We’ll do that again this year, but we wanted to help the Charity get ready for their Christmas appeal ahead of time as we know they incur costs in the run up to Christmas, so we came up with the idea of the two-day shop.
“Our current retailers, and even past tenants, have been very generous and we have a great range of items on sale, and my staff have given up their spare time to man the tills. It’s a great team effort; we’re really looking forward to seeing how much we can raise. There will be some great bargains.”
Patsy Moloney, Chairman at Christmas Care said: “We’re really grateful to The Brunel Centre team for coming up with this idea. It’s hard for people to think about a Christmas charity in the summer months, but it’s a great kick-start to our campaign.
"It will help tremendously having some funds ahead of the Christmas season as we do incur costs before we even start, our insurance alone costs over £600 every year. I hope the shoppers of Swindon will come and support the temporary shop and show their support for those less fortunate.”
The Christmas Care shop will be open from 10am until 5.00pm on Saturday 30 August and 10.30am until 4.30pm on Sunday 31 August 2014. It will be located in The Brunel Plaza, on the ground floor, near to Boots.
Christmas Care has been running for more than 25 years and provides shelter, care and companionship for Swindon’s homeless and needy.
If you would like to donate items to be sold in the shop, please contact Jane Stewart, Marketing Manager at The Brunel, tel: 01793 525857.
For more information visit www.thebrunel.co.uk.
For more information about Christmas Care visit www.christmascare.co.uk