Christmas Cheer At All Saints Centre

Wimbledon Wishes campaign

Residents who use South Wimbledon's All Saints Centre for adults with physical and learning disabilities were given Christmas presents this week as part of Centre Court Shopping Centre’s Wimbledon Wishes campaign.

All Saint's members were presented with a Body Shop gift box, a decorative sign from Citrus Gifts, water speakers from Red5 and a selection of Christmas ornaments from Paper Chase (see right).

Shoppers young and old, charities, carers, local volunteer groups and nurses were invited to nominate someone they know deserving of a Wimbledon Wish.

Merton Council's cabinet member for adult social care and health Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: "I know that everyone from All Saints really enjoyed the festive morning at Centre Court Shopping Centre. Thanks go to Centre Court and other businesses for recognising the fantastic work that is being done at the All Saints Centre."

Director of Centre Court Shopping Centre, Suzy Wood said: "We could not be more excited about our Christmas venture at Centre Court. We wanted a feel-good campaign that would involve the entire Wimbledon community and embrace the spirit of Christmas."

  • And Mayor of Merton, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina held a festive afternoon tea with families from the Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice charity.

Festivities took place in the Mayor’s parlour where Christmas music, festive decorations and a buffet full of food welcomed eight families from Shooting Star Chase.

Father Christmas, with the help of the Mayor who dressed up as a Christmas elf, also made an appearance and gave out bags of presents to the children, which were generously donated by Paul Strank and his wife Irene who are both huge supporters of the charity.

Onelife, a charity providing essential life skills to young people through music and film, came to entertain the children and their siblings with games and activities.

The Mayor of Merton has been a big supporter of Shooting Star Chase since her family used the services of the charity during her daughter’s illness.

Councillor Agatha Akyigyina said: “The afternoon was brilliant. There’s no greater reward than to see the children and their families enjoying Christmas festivities in good company. I’m grateful to Paul and Irene and OneLife for their contributions and help on the day. Shooting Star Chase is a fantastic charity whose work ensures young people with life-limiting conditions are cared for and their families are supported.”

December 24, 2014