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The Curtain Mill, Cartergate, Newark is helping schoolchildren at Barnby Road Academy get Christmas presents on their wishlist





A shop in the heart of town is helping disadvantaged schoolchildren get their wishlist Christmas presents.

Teresa Miller, owner of The Curtain Mill on Cartergate, Newark is collaborating with Lorna Wood, the chairman of The Friends Association at Barnby Road Academy, on the project.

The initiative started by Lorna, aims to make a difference to families who go without a single present at Christmas.

The Curtain Mills owner Teresa Miller holding one of the presents for the schoolchildren
The Curtain Mills owner Teresa Miller holding one of the presents for the schoolchildren

At the shop, there is a Christmas tree with tags, one dedicated to each child, with their age and wishlist present.

“Because it was the first year we didn’t want to mess it up and get too many people and not be able to deliver, these children asked for these presents and we wanted to make sure they got them,” said Teresa.

Home furnishing store, Dunelm, which is doing the spread joy this Christmas initiative, inspired the project in Newark.

Spread Joy this Christmas at Curtain Mills
Spread Joy this Christmas at Curtain Mills

She added: “I was going to do it for Dunelm but then Lorna said why are we taking presents to Nottingham and Lincoln when local children need it?”

People who wish to participate can take the tag they want to help this festive season and then drop the present back in the shop.

The deadline to have them back to The Curtain Mill is December 16.

The presents will be distributed to the children before Christmas.



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