Squires Garden Centres: A late gift from Santa

Staff at Squires Garden Centres were delighted this week as they handed over cheques to local charities totaling over ?18,500!

Customers donated the substantial sum of money across Squire?s branches in the South East throughout the Christmas period. Donations were optional in return for a free of charge visit to see Santa in his Grotto, which also included a present.

Each of the centres that provided a free grotto, donated the funds raised to their nominated local charity of the year for 2013/2014, with the vast majority of centres raising well in excess of ?1,000.

Customers were incredibly generous with their pounds and were pleased to see local well deserving charities benefiting from their donations.

?The grottos across our centres were incredibly popular and it was great to see our customers show their appreciation, by donating to our worthy causes??said Sarah Squire, Deputy Chairman at Squire?s.???Our garden centre staff make their own choice when it comes to which charity to support each year and we certainly agree they all very much deserved the wonderful support shown by their local communities.?

?In addition to donations to local charities, three Squire?s Centres held a brand new 4D Christmas experience for 2013 to which they donated an exclusive preview to friends and families of their chosen local charities.? The exclusive preview evening included a welcome drink, a first-look of the 4D experience and a visit to Santa in his toy workshop, which included a present!

Squire?s are committed to supporting charities within the localities of their centres, with each centre supporting a different local charity each financial year. They will look to support the charity with donations and in other ways, by working closely with them to find out where they may be able to lend their skills and expertise to benefit the charity?s ongoing work.

Local charities that benefitted from the donations were:

Headley Court Rehabilitation Unit

Maidenhead and Windsor Alzheimer?s Dementia Support

Woking & Same Beare Hospices

The Surrey branch of the National Autistic Society

St Catherine?s Hospice, Crawley

Macmillan Cancer Support Weybridge

The Princess Alice Hospice in Esher

The Rotary Club of Godalming

Reigate & Banstead Dementia Support

Disability Recreation Unity Movement

The Mulberry Centre in Isleworth

Local charities that previewed our 4D experience were:

Riding for the Disabled Hampshire and Surrey Borders

The Princess Alice Hospice in Esher

St Barnabas Hospice

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