Forest Lodge Garden Centre spreads Christmas cheer to children at The Fountain Centre and Disability Challengers

Forest Lodge Garden Centre in Farnham has donated 75 toy donkeys to children supported by The Fountain Centre and Disability Challengers in Guildford.

The Fountain Centre is a small independent cancer charity located within St Luke’s Cancer Centre at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford. The charity provides support and information to individuals that have had their lives impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

Dannielle Freeth, Psychological Support Service Lead at the Fountain Centre, said:

“We are so grateful to Haskins for their generous donation of cuddly toys for the children we treat that are struggling with a parent’s diagnosis. This is especially tough at Christmas, so it has been lovely to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they receive their gift.”

Disability Challengers provide play and leisure activities for disabled children and young people aged 2- 18 years across Surrey.

Nick Adams, Partnerships Manager at Challengers, said:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Haskins Forest Lodge Garden Centre for the very generous gift of 50 toy donkeys. The little ones at our Farnham and Guildford pre-schools are going to love their early Christmas presents and we’re very excited to give them out.”

Simon Hughes, General Manager of Haskins Forest Lodge Garden Centre, said:

“The whole team at Haskins is delighted that we are continuing to support local charities through our Christmas toy donations this year.

“Our Forest Lodge Garden Centre is closely connected to the local community, and it brings myself and the team immense pride that we have been able to build on our strong relationships with these charities to bring some festive magic for our local children.”

Haskins Garden Centres acquired Forest Lodge Garden Centre at the start of 2020. In total, Haskins has donated 300 cuddly toys to charities across the south this festive season, to support and share festive goodwill to communities that are local to its centres.