For 19 years, The Giving Tree appeal at Bloomfield Shopping Centre has been supporting the women and children involved in North Down and Ards Women’s Aid services. Originally started by Esther Rantzen and Childline, it grows more successful every year.
You’ll find the Giving Tree opposite H&M on the mall towards Tesco. On its baubles are stickers, which read the names, ages and choice of gift of children who would otherwise go without this Christmas.
If you would like to help a child that has faultlessly had to leave their home at short notice and with nothing, please chose your gift, mark it off on the tree (or alternatively, remove the sticker) and take the unwrappedgift to Thomas Cook. Centre Management will then make sure that it’s sent to Women’s Aid.
North Down and Ards Women’s Aid would like to thank the staff and customers of Bloomfield Shopping Centre for their overwhelming generosity – every year, over 150 children receive gifts from the Giving Tree, children from families who have experienced domestic violence.
Women’s Aid Charity has been working to eliminate domestic violence in Northern Ireland for over 20 years. Domestic violence is an issue that is of great importance to and within our communities. It can happen to anyone regardless of their background, religion, race, age or financial situation.
Advice and information is available from North Down and Ards Women’s Aid 028 91027 3196, or from the 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0800 802 1414.