Wilkes tells Secret Santa “You’re Fired!” for KidsOut Giving Trees

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Local law firm The Wilkes Partnership is ditching Secret Santa this Christmas to support children’s fun and happiness charity KidsOut’s Giving Tree Appeal, and is urging other businesses to do the same.

KidsOut, a charity that focuses on giving vulnerable children fun and happiness through positive experiences, has teamed up with The Wilkes Partnership. Together, they are inviting companies to get involved in buying Christmas presents for children affected by domestic violence by setting up a Giving Tree in their office.

Rick Smyth, partner at The Wilkes Partnership and co-chair of the region’s KidsOut committee, said: “We have run the Giving Tree scheme for the last three years, and it has proved very popular. The idea is simple, instead of buying each other presents, staff take a tag (supplied by KidsOut) with a present request on it from the firm’s Christmas tree and buy a gift for a child in one of the region’s crisis centres instead. The firm then drops the gifts off at a central collection point and KidsOut does the rest to make sure that toy makes it to a child in need.”

Gordon Moulds, CEO of KidsOut, said: “We are delighted The Wilkes Partnership has decided once again to support us, and are encouraging other businesses to get involved too. Some 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. We want these children to have at least some joy at Christmas, especially during a time of crisis.”

Running through November and December, the 2015 KidsOut Giving Tree appeal is now open for registration. Businesses, teams and organisations 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.