Give back and get your gifts wrapped

INTU is offering festive shoppers a gift-wrapping service in its North East shopping centres this Christmas, with proceeds going to regional charities The Children’s Foundation and Marie Curie.

At intu Eldon Square located next to Fenwick, busy gift seekers can visit the wrapping stand and have their presents beautifully wrapped by volunteers, in return for a donation to The Children’s Foundation, that aims to improve the lives of children in the North East.

Laura McVeigh, regional community and events fundraiser at The Children’s Foundation, said: “We are delighted intu Eldon Square has given The Children’s Foundation the opportunity to raise money again this year and would urge people to come visit us at the stand and take the stress out of their Christmas shopping, by letting our team of volunteers wrap all their presents.

“We have raised over £33,000 from this service over the years and we are indebted to both intu Eldon Square and the generosity of the public. The Christmas wrap stand is a fantastic way for us to raise funds to support our projects.”

Phil Steele, general manager at intu Eldon Square, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the The Children’s Foundation for another season of goodwill with our gift wrapping pop-up, which is now open daily until Christmas Eve. It can be an extremely busy time of year so it’s great to be able to support our shoppers with gift wrapping duties, all in aid of a very worthy cause.”

intu Metrocentre is also hosting a gift wrapping service with all proceeds going to Marie Curie, which provides care through terminal illness. Located in Upper Town Square, near Oasis, presents in all shapes and sizes can be handed over to volunteers from the charity in return for a donation.

This year will be the 19th year that Marie Curie has run its gift wrapping service in intu Metrocentre with £4,930 donated by generous shoppers in 2017, and over £50,000 to date.

Laura Robinson, community fundraiser at Marie Curie, said: “To be part of the wrap again this year has been amazing – our volunteers have been wrapping presents here for 19 years and we’ve raised thousands to support people living with a terminal illness. We’re very grateful to intu and everyone at intu Metrocentre for making us feel so welcome again this year. Thanks to all of the generous shoppers for their support. It certainly makes us all feel Christmassy and helps us to get into the festive spirit!”

intu Eldon Square’s Gift Wrap Service Opening Times from now until 24 December:

  • Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday 9am – 4pm
  • Sunday 11am – 4pm
  • Christmas Eve 10am – 5pm

intu Metrocentre’s Gift Wrap Service Opening Times from now until 23 December:

  • Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm
  • Saturday 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday 11am – 4pm
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