“Ditch Secret Santa!” for refuge children with KidsOut

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Once again The Wilkes Partnership is ditching “Secret Santa” this Christmas to buy Christmas presents for children affected by domestic violence in refuges in the region – and is urging its business clients to do the same.

The firm has teamed up with the charity KidsOut, who focus on giving vulnerable children fun and happiness through positive experiences.

Tim Coplestone, Head of CSR at the firm explains how it works:It’s a very simple idea, KidsOut send us a pack of present requests on Christmas gift tags and our staff then take the tags and purchase the presents. The firm delivers them to a central collection point in Birmingham and KidsOut gets them to the kids. Easy!”

Gordon Moulds, CEO of KidsOut comments, “Most of the children at crisis centres leave home with only the clothes on their back. They’re in there with nothing, at a time of year when more fortunate children are inundated with gifts from relatives and friends. Our aim is to ensure that every child in refuge has at least some joy at Christmas, especially during a time of crisis. The Giving Tree Scheme is central to us being able to deliver on this goal”

Rick Smyth, corporate partner at the firm and co-chair of KidsOut in the Midlands saidWe have run the Giving Tree scheme at Wilkes for the last three years, and it has proved immensely popular with staff and clients alike. In 2014 KidsOut managed 4,000 toys nationally. Due to the tremendous support of companies across the country – many of whom are Wilkes clients – last year we increased that figure to over 25,000. This year we hope to do even better”.

Gordon Moulds, added: “We are delighted The Wilkes Partnership has decided once again to support us, and are again encouraging their clients to get involved too.”

Running through November and December, the 2016 KidsOut Giving Tree appeal is now open for registration. Businesses, teams, organisations and individuals can take part by visiting kidsoutgivingtree.org.uk or contacting the KidsOut Fundraising team on 01525 243215 to arrange for a delivery of tags, or to make a donation directly.