Kind-hearted shoppers at St George’s Shopping Centre have bolstered the funds of local sight loss charity, Galloway’s Society for the Blind, after raising an impressive £13,000 over the past 12 months.
St George’s joined forces with Galloway’s Society for the Blind for its annual Christmas campaign, spreading festive cheer with its free grotto and gift wrapping service.
The festive season saw a total of 1,831 children from Preston families visit Santa in his grotto at St George’s, bolstering charity funds by an amazing £10,019.
Volunteers from Galloway’s could also be seen collecting in the centre year-round to help rack-up the additional funds.
Emma Russ, senior fundraiser at Galloway’s, commented: “The amount of money raised through St George’s last year is absolutely incredible. As an organisation, we have to find £1million to continue offering a variety of services to local people living with sight loss to ensure nobody has to face sight loss alone. It’s only through phenomenal support like that offered from St George’s, that we’re able to achieve this.
“I had the pleasure of working with some of our volunteers in the grotto and on the gift wrapping service and the generosity of some shoppers can be overwhelming. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both our selfless volunteers for their time, efforts and support, but also local shoppers for taking the time to visit our grotto and have their presents wrapped on our gift wrapping station.”
Andrew Stringer, general manager at St George’s, added: “Galloway’s is always well supported at Christmas and this festive season was no exception. Shoppers well and truly dug deep and showed their support with £10,000 of donations.
“The charity is instrumental in supporting those who live with sight loss across Preston. We look forward to another year working with Galloway’s in 2018.”
Galloway’s supports over 7,000 local people living with sight loss each year. The charity has sites in Preston, Chorley, Morecambe and Southport, and works to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have the same opportunities that the sighted world can often take for granted. The services offered are available to anybody living with any degree of sight loss from the point of diagnosis through ongoing support to live independently.