A CHILDREN’S charity is £1,333 better off thanks to the work of staff at a North East department store.
The staff at Debenhams, in Sunderland, raised the cash throughout November to help the children’s charity Hope 4 Kidz.
Store manager John McGee, said: "What a fantastic amount of funds raised for the Sunderland based charity Hope 4 Kidz through the generosity of our customers, I am sure the funds will go to good use".
The donation comes as part of the annual effort by Hope 4 Kidz to provide disadvantaged and special needs children with a Christmas to remember.
The charity is running a number of events to ensure that these children have a good time.
There is a selection box collection drive going on across the North East. Selection boxes can be donated at any of the drop off points: Cestria in Chester-le-Street, Debenhams in Sunderland, Matalan in Pallion, Morrisons in Seaburn and the Hope 4 Kidz main office in Pennywell. Donations are being collected until December 18.
There is also to be a Santa’s Christmas Party hosted by Hope 4 Kidz at Passion nightclub, Sunderland on December 9.
The charity hopes to attract 450 disadvantaged or special needs children to the event. Viv Watts from the charity said: "Santa’s Christmas party is one of the most popular events of the year because it gives the children something to look forward to and a chance to escape their circumstances for the afternoon".