Frenchgate teams up with XP Schools and Doncaster Foodbank for Chocs and Socks campaign

Frenchgate Shopping Centre will be teaming up with Doncaster Foodbank and XP Schools to participate in their annual charity festive fundraising initiative, Chocs and Socks.

Frenchgate will be working with Year 7 pupils from both XP and XP East schools in the Chocs and Socks project, which asks for donations of a bar or box of chocolate and a brand new pair of socks.

Donation boxes will be located at both Guest Services in Frenchgate Centre and inside XP School. The donations will then by distributed by Doncaster Foodbank as Christmas gifts from their food banks.

Karen Staniforth, Assistant General Manager at Frenchgate, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people in situations of crisis that requires the use of food banks, and so our team at Frenchgate are very humbled to be able to help out at this time.

“As Christmas approaches, it can be a very tough time of year for those affected – and even the smallest gifts can make a big difference.”

Sandra Edwards, project manager for Doncaster Foodbank, said: "On behalf of Doncaster Foodbank, I welcome this campaign to help those in crisis. Bringing a little joy in the form of a small gift for Christmas is a wonderful idea, especially in the current climate we found ourselves in.

"These gifts will be donated to our clients during our festive food bank sessions in December and we look forward to seeing a few extra smiles during the bleak times ahead.”

Gem Vayro, Assistant Principal at XP School, said: "Every expedition our students work on has some impact beyond the school and connects with our local community.

“The Guiding Question 'How do we build a community.' has given us this opportunity to be part of this project to support the food bank. This is a vital organisation we have helped as a school in the past and we are really pleased we can do so again."

For more information, visit www.frenchgateshopping.co.uk.