A homeware retailer in Northampton has raised more than £3,700 to support children’s services in Northamptonshire with it’s Christmas appeal.
HomeSense, in St James Retail Park, raised the money by asking customers to take part in its ‘Hang a Bauble’ campaign by donating money in exchange for a bauble for them to write festive messages on and hang on in-store Christmas trees.
The store have donated the money to Action for Children, the charity which runs some of Northamptonshire’s children’s centres on behalf of the county council. These offer advice and support for families on a wide range of issue, helping to make their lives easier, healthier and happier.
Children’s services manager at Action for Children in Northamptonshire, Lynne Hudspith, said: “A huge thank you to the shoppers at HomeSense Northampton.
“The funding will be spent on various improvements at the centres including outdoor play equipment, toys, and musical instruments to ensure more children and families are able to work together and learn new skills and experiences.”
Emilia Carman, head of high value fundraising at Action for Children, said: “We are very grateful to HomeSense and its wonderful customers in Northampton for their fantastic and continued support. This year’s ‘Hang a bauble’ campaign has been a huge success, raising over £150,000 nationally, allowing us to support even more vulnerable children and young people across the UK.”
Action for Children has this month launched a new campaign to encourage parents to ask their children what they want to do and embrace their ideas.
To promote National Children’s Hour, the charity is offering a free-to-download activity pack with ideas from some of the 300,000 children and young people it supports and some from Julia Donaldson’s book, The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-Cat.
The pack can be downloaded from: www.actionforchildren.org.uk/nch and you can share your own pictures with Action for Children on Twitter and Facebook using #nch.