Secret Santa…? or buy toys for children in refuge this Christmas. Not such a tough one….


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Once again, this Christmas, Wilkes staff are sacking Secret Santa and swapping novelty mugs and reindeer antlers to buy toys for deprived children in the region in support of KidsOut’s Giving Tree Appeal 2019 – and are urging all Midlands businesses to get involved.

Rick Smyth, Corporate Partner at Wilkes and co-chair of KidsOut in the Midlands said “2018 was another great year for the Giving Tree Appeal. Employees in businesses up and down the country showed enormous generosity by sacking Secret Santa and collecting in excess of 43,000 toys and over £15,000 in donations instead.

Businesses in the Midlands region have always been fantastic advocates for the Giving Tree Appeal.  In 2018 the region was again top of the leader board for the third year running as the most generous region in the country.  We are determined to maintain that top spot.”

Gordon Moulds, CEO of KidsOut comments, “Christmas is an especially difficult time for families and children in crisis. Our aim is to ensure that every child in refuge has at least some joy at Christmas. The Giving Tree appeal is central to us being able to deliver on this goal.

“Employers and employees across the Midlands have been a major driving force behind the Giving Tree since the beginning. We hope that we will once again enjoy their support in 2019 – and help transform even more Christmases for refuged and underprivileged children who otherwise will get nothing. ”.  

It’s so simple to help. Sign up on the website for enough tags for you, your team or even your whole firm. Hang them on your office Xmas tree (or notice board) and people can take them and buy the toys. There are lots of local drop off points and Kids Out do the rest. Easy – yet life changing. What’s not to like?

To sign up go to: –

You can also contact the KidsOut Fundraising team on 01525 243215 to arrange for a delivery of tags, or to make a donation directly on the website.

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