Trust team so grateful for Marlowes grotto generosity

Marlowes Christmas fundraising handover
Marlowes Christmas fundraising handover

If you chucked a few coins in the frosty wishing well in Hemel Hempstead’s Marlowes Shopping Centre over the Christmas period, pat yourself on the back.

Your generosity contributed to a total of £1,750 which has now been handed over to the shopping mall’s chosen charity of the year, the Sunnyside Rural Trust.

As part of the Marlowes Winter Wonderland shoppers were encouraged to make a wish in the frosty wishing well, sited next to Santa’s throne.

All money raised from the well will help to support Sunnyside’s local work teaching adults with learning difficulties valuable skills through horticultural and practical activities.

Trust representative Maggie Grand said: “We were absolutely thrilled and amazed at how much money was collected for us from the Marlowes Santa’s Grotto.

“Everyone in the charity has been so encouraged by this support.  A huge thank you to all the generous shoppers who contributed to this huge sum. It will help us to continue to provide horticultural work skills for local people with learning disabilities at our sites in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Northchurch.”

Centre manager Vince Williams said: “We would like to thank all those that donated money over the Christmas period and made our Winter Wonderland such a success.

“Sunnyside Rural Trust is a fantastic charity and I am sure they will put the money to good use.”