Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown donated over 100 toy reindeers to the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity to spread some Christmas cheer at its family-friendly ‘Elf Dash’ event, which took place at Branksome Dene Beach last weekend.
All proceeds from the event will provide support for many of University Hospitals Dorset’s important charity projects, including the purchase of Christmas presents for patients who will be spending the festive season in hospital.
Marc Etheridge, Assistant General Manager of Haskins Ferndown, said:
“The whole team at Haskins is delighted that we are continuing to support local charities through our Christmas toy donations this year.
“Our Ferndown 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 relationship with University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity to bring some festive magic to the children’s ward this Christmas.”
Hayley Harris, Corporate Fundraiser for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity, added:
“Haskins Garden Centre continues to be such a wonderful support for the hospitals. This generous donation of plush toys was used as part of our Christmas Elf Dash Event to help raise funds for the priority projects across our hospitals this Christmas. This includes supporting our children’s services, as well as ensuring all our patients with us on Christmas Day receive a present.”
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.