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Giving Tree Logo                                                                                             UPDATED 15th Nov 2017

The Giving Tree Appeal 2017 has launched!

This is a chance for the wonderful people of Reading to show their generosity and help local vulnerable, sick and disadvantaged children by buying them a gift this Christmas. or making a donation to the appeal via

For some children, a gift from the annual appeal (which is now in its 21st year) may be the only present they have to open on Christmas Day. Thanks to your help, Connect Reading, who organises and manages the appeal, last year distributed nearly 1800 gifts to local children via 12 local organisations and charity partners – and this year hope to help many more.

Local businesses (who are members of Connect Reading) are also supporting the appeal and hosting trees at their offices for their employees and visitors – these include Apex Plaza, Green Park, Novotel, Pepsico, Thames Water, Quintiles, Kyocera Document Solutions, Oracle Corporation, Holiday Inn Reading South, and Wipro.

If you or your business would like to become a member and take part in 2018, please contact us at, or give us a call.

Some of the local charities involved this year are: Alexander Devine Hospice, Berkshire Women's Aid,
Berkshire Vision, Dingley Early Years Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital Children’s Ward, Parents and
Children Together (PACT), SITE in Southcote, Social Services (Children in care), Reading Family Aid,
Utiluvu, Parenting Special Children and others.

Can't buy a present? You can make a donation, so no-one misses out..

Due to the scale of the project (and its growing every year!), there are often gifts that are not purchased, or that don't get to us in time to send out to the charities.

We have a donation page which enables funds to be raised to manage the appeal, purchase any missing gifts, and to help ensure that all our beneficiaries have a happy Christmas.  You can make a donation HERE


If you would like to make a donation please visit -

What is The Giving Tree?

The Giving Tree provides Christmas gifts to sick, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in the local Reading community, and this ranges from babies up to teenagers who are living in care.  Some children, particularly those in refuges, sometimes ask for gifts that they can give to their mums rather than something for themselves.

We work with our partners to find out what they would really like for Christmas, and you choose the gift tag for the child you would like to buy for - the tags specify a specific item asked for by a child, or simply provide the gender and age of the child and you can choose to buy something you think is apropriate. 

The gifts are usually within the range of £15-£25, and must be new and unused. 

One of the charities involved last year sent this message:

How The Giving Tree Works

Connect Reading business members host 'branches' of the Giving Tree in their offices so their employees and visitors can take part, and we host two public trees.

The main Giving Tree can be found in The Oracle Shopping Centre, and a second public tree is in The Broad Street Mall. Both trees can be found next to the information desks for the centres.

To take part in the project as a member of the public, you simply pick a gift request from one of the public trees and return it UNWRAPPED to The Oracle Giving Tree before the deadline of 15th Dec 2017. The gifts are then sorted by Connect Reading ready for our charity partners to pick them up, and distribute them to the children.

Thanks - We would like to thank the lovely team at Presstoprint Reading who kindly donated the printed tags for the appeal, and The Oracle and Broadstreet Mall for their annual support.

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