Sunderland's festive shoppers will have the opportunity to sit back and relax with a cuppa while their gifts are expertly wrapped for them.
From Thursday, November 26, shoppers will be able to unload their presents at the newly-opened Elephant Tea Room, on High Street West, and leave them there to be wrapped at a fee starting from £2 per item.
And it's all in aid of a good cause, as 50 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to charities run by Sunderland Minster.
The Drop and Wrap service, run by Sunderland’s Business Improvement District (BID) company, Experience It Here! in partnership with National Skills Shop for Retail.
With time to spare, shoppers will be able to better enjoy the packed programme of seasonal events running in the city, including an ice rink, Christmas market and funfair.
“Christmas shopping can be hectic,” Sunderland BID chief executive of Ken Dunbar said. “We’re hoping that the Drop and Wrap service will help reduce stress and give visitors a chance to enjoy our events, without having to lug their gifts around.”
The Drop and Wrap service will be run by staff and apprentices from National Skills Shop for Retail, as long with volunteers.
“There’s so much going on in Sunderland this Christmas, so it’s great to be able to provide a service that will make it easier for people to take advantage of that,” said Chris Hall, sales and marketing director at National Skills Shop for Retail.
“We expect the service to be very popular and are appealing for volunteers to get into the festive spirit and give us a hand."
“Not only will this service help Sunderland’s visitors to enjoy the festive season, but it will also raise money for some really great causes,” said Sheila Bamber, Canon Provost at Sunderland Minster.
“We’re very grateful to Sunderland BID and National Skills Shop for Retail for choosing our charities to be the recipients of the money that’s raised.”
For more information, or to volunteer, call 649 8686.