News and events News You make Giving Tree a huge success - thank you Our Giving Tree Appeal has once again been a huge success with over £30,000 worth of goods donated in the run up to Christmas all thanks to your fantastic support. We distributed the donated toys, food and vouchers to children, young people and families throughout the region helping them to enjoy Christmas and ensuring no-one went without over the festive period. The donations, by businesses, churches, schools, local community groups and members of the public, went straight to the families and young people being supported by the charity. Throughout the Appeal there were many companies who went above and beyond for us, including Communicator, whose Head Office is in Newcastle, whose staff were our very own Santa’s elves for the day collecting and sorting gifts, as well as donating their own gifts and vouchers alongside their partner companies as part of the appeal. Carol Taylor, our Senior Fundraiser, said: “The amazing generosity of the north east ensured our 2017 Giving Tree Appeal received a fantastic response. The amount of gifts, toys and food received alongside very generous monetary donations has been overwhelming. In addition, gift voucher donations for food and experiences have helped to ease the pressures on the families we work with during the Christmas period and in the months to come.” So once again, thank you so much to each and every one of you who contributed in some way – you make such a huge difference!