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Vicarage Field Shopping Centre opens charity collection point

PUBLISHED: 13:06 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 08 December 2017

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell (right) and Andre Philipsen next to a donation point at Vicarage Field Shopping Centre. Picture: LBBD

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell (right) and Andre Philipsen next to a donation point at Vicarage Field Shopping Centre. Picture: LBBD

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A Barking shopping centre and council libraries have become drop-off points for a new charity collection.

Vicarage Field Shopping Centre is asking residents to donate a present to families in need this Christmas, as part of a joint scheme with Barking and Dagenham Council.

“No child should be without a gift on Christmas day, so I am urging anyone who can afford it to donate a present in the next few days,” said council leader Darren Rodwell.

“The more people that get involved to help those less fortunate across our borough, the more smiles we can put on children’s faces this Christmas.”

Shoppers can bring donations to the Ripple Road centre and other drop-off points by Thursday, December 14.

Last month Simon Green, Vicarage Field’s regional centre director, said high street shops must offer customers something different over the winter period to fend off tough competition from online retailers.

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