20th December 2016

Central celebrates Christmas spirit

Central Convenience Stores is embracing the festive spirit this Christmas, having donated more than £800 to a local children’s hospice.

The company raised the money through its annual Christmas ball, which saw staff and suppliers come together to celebrate another year of success for the convenience store chain.

As well as dinner and dancing, the event featured a raffle and auction, which raised £810 for Julia’s House, which runs and operates children’s hospices in Dorset and Wiltshire.

The charity, which is based just over a mile away from Central’s Lake Road store in Poole, provides practical and emotional support to families with children who have life-limiting illnesses. It provides respite in the community, as well as at its hospice in Dorset, and is also building a second hospice in Wiltshire.

Steve Wilkinson, Central’s Managing Director, said: “Our stores form a vital resource for local communities across the south and we’re passionate about giving back to the areas we work in. Julia’s House provides such a vital service to local people facing a difficult time and we’re delighted to be able to support the charity through money raised at our Christmas ball.”

Jacqui Greenhaf, community fundraising manager at Julia’s House, said: “We are delighted that the staff at Central Store are continuing to support the families of Julia’s House. The £810 they have raised is amazing and is enough to pay for 13 vital respite sessions for the families we support, at their home, or in their local community; giving them time and helping them to cope with the physical and emotional stress of living with a child with a life-limiting condition.”