Rugby leisure centre’s appeal for gifts

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A leisure centre in Rugby are appealing for gift donations to put a smile on children’s faces this Christmas.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, which is on Bruce Williams Way, is run by GLL, a charitable social enterprise that operates leisure centres under its consumer-facing brand Better.

The centre is calling on members and local residents to donate children’s gifts and toys that will then be collected by Families First and distributed to local children and families.

Families First is an organisation with more 20 years experience of working with children and families that have been victims of domestic abuse.

The charity has developed a reputation for working with other agencies to support families with a variety of issues.

Wendy Huckle, manager at Families First, said: “We are delighted that The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre have chosen Families First as the charity to receive donated gifts this year.

“Christmas is never an easy time for families in crisis and these kids’ presents will go a long way to making life better for disadvantaged youngsters”.

Nicola Boyd, general manager at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, said: “All the staff are proud to be working with Families First this Christmas. As a social enterprise we aim to better the lives of the communities we operate in, which we hope this appeal can help with, as well as help more people get more active more often.”

“We would also like to extend a special thanks to Homebase in Rugby for generously donating a Christmas tree and decorations to help raise awareness of the appeal.”

Members and local residents are encouraged to bring in toys and gifts unwrapped to put under the tree. These presents will then be collected by the charity on Christmas Eve and distributed to families and children in time for Christmas.

As a ‘thank you’ for the generosity of the local community, the centre will be giving out a free guest pass for every gift donated.