Arc shopping centre launches gift donation station for Gatehouse Charity - Ninth Good Deed

Arc shopping centre launches gift donation station for Gatehouse Charity - Ninth Good Deed

DATE PUBLISHED: 02/12/2019

Arc shopping centre launches gift donation station for Gatehouse Charity
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Arc Shopping centre is delighted to announce its gift donation station for Bury St Edmunds based charity, Gatehouse.

The charity works with vulnerable people throughout East Anglia and has four project areas; The Home store, The Foodbank, The Dementia Hub and The Christmas project.

The donation station will be based adjacent to the café on the first floor of Debenhams and donation are welcomed for the Gatehouse Christmas project from 2nd December – 21st December.

Abbie Panks, arc Shopping Centre Manager said “Gatehouse provides a vital service to west Suffolk all year round. Their Christmas project is the perfect way for our customers to help support the charity directly at this time of year.

Christmas gifts are required for all ages and those donated will be distributed to 650 vulnerable people in the community. In addition to the donation station, we will also be donating £500 which will help support the running costs of the Christmas project and making Gatehouse our Ninth Good Deed.”

The Christmas Project will see Gatehouse offer Christmas day lunch for 150 which is provided at no cost to anyone that is vulnerable, lonely or in need and 500 hampers to those who are vulnerable and needy that are either housebound or for or for whatever reason can’t get to the Christmas meal.

Amanda Bloomfield of Gatehouse Charity commented “We are really pleased to be chosen as one of arc’s 10 Good Deeds. This time of year, particularly we try to ensure that all those who are vulnerable in the community get to experience a pleasant Christmas and festive season. The generosity of the public in Bury St Edmunds astounds me each year and a special thankyou goes to them, without whom we wouldn’t be able to offer our vital services.”

  • The donation station can be found outside of the café on the first floor of Debenhams from 2nd-21st December.
  • Gifts are required for all ages
  • We cannot accept alcohol, liqueur chocolates or razors as donations. Some suggested gift ideas include hats, gloves, scarfs, smellies, books, stationary sets, games, arts & craft sets. make up, toiletries, socks, toys.
  • The Apex is also hosting a food donation box for Gatehouse. See below for a list of food can be dropped off into the bo in their foyer in from now until 23rd December.
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10 Good Deeds

arc is celebrating 10 years of being open in the heart of Bury St Edmunds and are carrying out 10 good deeds that give back to the local community would be a great way of thanking everyone for their valued support.

Arcs 10th Good Deed will take place in January 2020 and will require involvement from members of the community.