Fes­tive gen­eros­ity is all wrapped up

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

DO­NA­TIONS to char­ity are a num­bers game – with the most im­por­tant be­ing the sum raised for good causes.

But the man be­hind this, the 13th year of char­ity gift wrap­ping in Uxbridge, has re­vealed all the vi­tal statis­tics of the pre-Christ­mas rush, when gen­er­ous shop­pers in the town cen­tre did their bit by get­ting their gifts wrapped in ex­change for a do­na­tion.

Ni­cholas Smith, Bar­clays com­mu­nity man­ager, said the vol­un­teer gift wrap­pers at their ta­bles on the ground floor of the intu Uxbridge shop­ping cen­tre, got down to business on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 27. They con­tin­ued in an un­bro­ken chain of dif­fer­ent char­i­ties – one per day, with some re­peats – un­til Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 24.

The last cus­tomer was all wrapped up by 7.30pm on Christ­mas Eve.

In all, 28 char­i­ties took part, with dozens of vol­un­teer wrap­pers spend­ing 259 hours mak­ing shop­pers’ gifts look great.

They got through 252 rolls of wrap­ping pa­per, us­ing them to wrap 7,098 presents.

But the most vi­tal num­ber of all was the £10,347 raised from do­na­tions, which Bar­clays has now dou­bled to the im­pres­sive fig­ure of £20,694. Oh, and 78p. “On be­half of all char­i­ties, the wrap­pers and Bar­clays, I would like to thank all of intu’s cus­tomers for their gen­eros­ity in sup­port­ing the wrap­ping ser­vice and fi­nan­cially ben­e­fit­ting so many lo­cal char­i­ties,” said Mr Smith.

Char­i­ties this year in­cluded Hilling­don Shop­mo­bil­ity; Hilling­don Autis­tic Care and Support; Life Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tres Hilling­don; the Mayor’s char­ity, Michael So­bell Hospice; Hilling­don Samaritans; and lo­cal guides and scouts.

n IT’S A WRAP: Rina Rawal, Ni­cholas Smith, Pushpa Par­mar and Caro­line Wren Con­trib­uted

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