Tree-mendous Christmas gift appeal launched at Haverhill Leisure Centre

Staff at Haverhill Leisure Centre prepare the Giving Tree for the start of a two week campaign to collect Christmas presents for Addenbrooke's Hospital children's ward. Contributed picture. ANL-150812-143918001
Staff at Haverhill Leisure Centre prepare the Giving Tree for the start of a two week campaign to collect Christmas presents for Addenbrooke's Hospital children's ward. Contributed picture. ANL-150812-143918001
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Haverhill Leisure Centre has launched its 2015 Giving Tree Appeal to help bring some joy to children spending Christmas in hospital.

Staff at the centre in Ehringshausen Way will be collecting Christmas gifts for Addenbrooke’s Hospital children’s ward.

A Christmas tree has been put up at the centre and visitors are invited to take a tag, which will indicate the age range they should buy a gift for.

The appeal is run by Abbeycroft Leisure, which operates the centre in partnership with St Edmundsbury Council.

Centre manager Nigel Snape said: “This is the fifth year we have done the Giving Tree Appeal and it is very popular among the local community.

“By popping into the centre to take a tag and then adding just one small extra gift to your Christmas shopping you are helping to bring a smile to the face of a child spending time some of all of this holiday in hospital.

“Our customers and staff have been very generous in the past and we hope this year will be our best ever collection of gifts.”

To take part in the appeal just pop into reception at Haverhill Leisure Centre and take a tag from the tree.

Buy your present and return it wrapped to reception where staff will keep it until Santa’s helpers make their delivery.

Please return any gifts to reception by 5pm on Wednesday, December 16 ready for the centre to load Santa’s sleigh.