Shoppers have helped support two charities thanks to their generosity over Christmas.
The Forum Shopping Centre, in Wallsend, raised more than £550 for the RNIB in North Tyneside thanks to proceeds from their Santa’s Grotto in the run up to Christmas, as well as through a Forum Cinema and school choir performances.
The centre also hosted a charity box for Crisis, gathering nearly 600 items including winter clothing such as coats, hats, scarves, gloves and socks, as well as toiletries, food products, gift items, and toys.
Centre manager Nick Lambert said: “Christmas is a time to give back and we are glad to have had the opportunity to do so.”
“Both RNIB and Crisis have been filling in some very critical gaps in our community for a long time and we are proud to have supported them during the festive period.”
Helen Rogers, area fundraising manager (North East) at RNIB, said: “The Forum Shopping Centre is at the heart of the Wallsend community and we are grateful for their support and encouragement at all times.
“The funds raised will help us improve the lives of those affected by sight loss in the local community.”
Emily Marshall, Christmas Coordinator at Crisis, said: “The Forum Shopping Centre has enabled us to collect a wide variety of high-demand goods that will be extremely useful to those in need.
“We are thankful for their help and hope to partner with them again in the future.”