Places Gym raise close to 200 gifts for Mission Christmas!

Earlier in December, Places Gym were proud to announce they were official drop-off points for Cash for Kids, Mission Christmas 2019.

Now, we can confirm close to 200 presents have been donated, with a little help from members, the public and our teams!

A nationwide effort, in association with Bauer Radio, Mission Christmas aims to deliver at least one present to children living in poverty, by Christmas Eve, to ensure they have something to open on Christmas morning.

Going the extra mile

Throughout the UK, 1 in 3 children are living in poverty and are unlikely to receive any Christmas presents this year. Known as the most wonderful time of the year for many, Mission Christmas ensures that feeling is shared amongst all children – not just the fortunate.

Proud to be at the centre of their local communities, Places Gym sites across the country each registered as official drop-off points so members of the public, and members of the gyms, could donate gifts of any shape and size for children aged 0 – 18.

Gemma Hudson, General Manager of Places Gym Sheffield, said: “When we registered as drop-off points, I think we all just expected a few members to donate gifts.

"Instead, we’ve had hundreds of gifts donated by the local community, gym members and businesses in the area.”

Will 2019 raise the bar?

Last year, over £15 million was raised between gifts and donations, reaching over 40,000 children in the nation. This year, Places Gym is hoping to help raise the bar to increase the total.

“We’ve been overflowing with gifts – it just goes to show the impact community spirit can have. We just hope our contributions can help Cash for Kids reach more disadvantaged children than ever before,” said Liam Canavan, Places Gym Preston General Manager.

Not only have we been accepting gifts from the public, our sites have donated gifts too. We want to make sure as many children as possible can enjoy Christmas, just as children should.

At Places Gym, we’re made to move you – no matter your level of fitness. Non-members can get involved by registering for a free pass at Places Gym or joining in as a member with our limited time offers.