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A right royal wrap-up

16 December 2014


This weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21) a band of willing volunteers will be in the Royals shopping centre in Southend to wrap your presents in exchange for a donation to Southend Hospital’s Keyhole Cancer Appeal.

It's that time of year: the sheet of wrapping paper is a fraction too small for the parcel, you can't find the end of the roll of sticky tape, the dog has chewed up all the gift tags and every pair of scissors you ever owned has disappeared into a black hole. But fear not - help is at hand to ease the stress.

The Appeal has been chosen as the Royals' nominated charity of the year and fundraisers are hoping that shoppers will give generously to have one seasonal chore ticked off their 'to do' list.

In addition to the bespoke wrapping service, there will be arts and crafts to keep the kids busy and Appeal mascot Buddy Bear will be spreading his own furry form of festive cheer.

Elise Fleetwood, events and corporate relations manager, said: "This will be our second stint at the Royals this Christmas and we know how popular it is with busy shoppers. We are extremely grateful to both the Royals management and to our band of cheerful and dextrous volunteers for giving up their time to raise funds and help others at this hectic time of year."

IMAGE: Lizzie Furley, fundraising administrator and Elise Fleetwood, events and corporate relations manager, arm themselves with festive paper and ribbons in preparation for the big wrap-up.