There is still plenty of time for the people of Burton to get into the spirit of giving this Christmas, as local charity Derek’s Tree is back at Coopers Square.
Now in its remarkable 24th year, the annual festive campaign encourages shoppers to help a less fortunate child experience the magic of Christmas. Shoppers are encouraged to take a special tag hanging from a tree in Coopers Square with the name and age of a child and purchase a gift before dropping it off with the charity.
This year’s campaign has been running for just over two weeks and already more than 3,000 tags being taken, and gifts donated, with both members of the public and local businesses getting involved. Coopers Square Centre Manager, David Chadfield, said he was delighted to work with the good cause for another year.
“Derek’s Tree is a fantastic charitable partner and we’re proud to support them with this campaign once again,” said David. “Every child deserves to have a happy Christmas, and I’m thrilled that by teaming with the charity we’re able to provide that to so many young people in the region.”
Paula Davis, Chair at Derek’s Tree said everyone involved was thrilled how many gifts had been received already. “Being in Coopers Square at this time of year is just fantastic,” said Paula. “Shoppers always stop by, engage with the staff and find out more about what we’re doing, and we get so many gifts, as seen by the amount that we’ve had already this year.”
“We’ve got just less than a week left, with plenty of tags for people to take so there is lots of time for everyone that wants to get involved to donate a gift. Everything that shoppers do is helping put a smile on a child’s face and that is what Christmas is all about for us. We couldn’t do this without the people of Burton, so on behalf of the entire organisation, I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone for getting involved.”
Derek’s Tree is located near to Santa’s Grotto in Coopers Square and the campaign is running every Thursday to Sunday until Sunday 16 December.