|The Galleries want your unwanted Christmas presents for Wigan's Rainbow Ward's toy appeal
The Galleries Shopping Centre is launching a Toy Appeal and encouraging shoppers to donate unwanted Christmas presents and toys for children in the Rainbow Ward of Wigan Hospital.
Shoppers are asked to drop off unwanted Christmas presents and toys at the drop off point on Ashton Gallery (opposite The Works), the shopping centre will then deliver the donated items to the Rainbow Ward.
The Rainbow Ward in Wigan Hospital is a general pediatric ward and has a mixture of beds and cubicles and is also the children's emergency and long stay admission ward which is built around the playroom. The ward has children attending for a variety of medical procedures and reviews. The donated toys will also be given to the new children’s outpatients unit at the Thomas Linacre Centre.
Richard Paxton, centre director of The Galleries commented "What a fantastic way of ensuring unwanted Christmas presents are put to good use. All presents and toys donated will really bring a smile to a child in hospital and make their stay a little more bearable.”
The Galleries have launched the appeal by donating a number of toys from stores within the centre.
Local businesses are also invited to donate any items which could benefit children in hospital.
Large donations can be collected by arrangement, please contact Karen Cox, Marketing and Administration Manager on 01942 825 734 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hospital cannot accept used soft toys and would prefer new toys which are plastic or wooden.