VOLUNTEERS helping to wrap people’s Christmas gifts have given a great present to disadvantaged people in Africa.
The Christmas gift wrapping service in Midsummer Place has raised £7,000 in just three weeks. This money will now be donated to charity Advantage Africa.
Throughout December, shoppers and visitors to the centre had the chance to donate money in exchange for having some of their Christmas gifts wrapped by volunteers in the shopping centre.
The money raised will now go towards funding for those affected by poverty, disability and AIDS.
Over 70 volunteers, including mums, students, retired and unemployed people gave their time to the worthy cause.
This year the efforts of the group of volunteers actually raised enough to support 30 people living with AIDS with nutrition, medicines and emotional support.
Midsummer Place centre manager, Martin Hindson, said: “Both Midsummer Place and Advantage Africa are thrilled so much money has been raised.
“The service is a great asset over the busy Christmas period and we would like to thank our customers for donating so generously, as well as to the volunteers.”
Midsummer Place has now returned to its regular opening hours.
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