The festive period offers an opportunity for helping others and giving back to the community, and thanks to the generosity of thousands of shoppers passing through the doors of Eastgate Shopping Centre this Christmas, a staggering amount of money was raised for local causes.
Sixteen local primary schools and community groups spread festive cheer by performing carols on the Cairngorm Group Community Stage throughout December. Cauldeen Primary School was delighted as they managed to raise £50 for a trip to Eden Court.
Charity Christmas cards were top of most shoppers lists this year. Through sales of their Christmas cards, diaries and calendars, the Inverness and North Kessock RNLI raised over £6,000 which was £1,000 more than in 2018! United Charities who were selling Christmas cards from local charities such as Blythswood Care, Highland Hospice, Christian Aid and Marie Curie raised over £13,500.
Inverness Choral Society brought eighty members to take part in their annual Carolthon on Saturday 14th December. The six-hour event raised over £1,500. The money was split between their own charity and Befrienders Highland who aim to improve the lived of people who are lonely and isolated.
In the lead up to Christmas, The Salvation Army offered a gift-wrapping service which raised just short of £10,000. This was an amazing amount which allowed the charity to distribute 400 gift hampers to the local area.
The Giving Tree organised by the Order of St John is now in its seventeenth year. Presents are donated by shoppers then distributed via local charities to less fortunate youngsters throughout the Highlands and Islands. This Christmas, a staggering 2,160 presents of all shapes and sizes were donated by the local community.
In aid of The Highland Hospice, Eastgate’s Beauty and the Beast themed grotto raised over £11,000. The grotto was open from Sunday 17th November – Sunday 22nd December.