Designer outlet gives back to young Scots at Christmas

Livingston Designer Outlet is encouraging shoppers to make a difference by donating to young people this Christmas, ensuring they get at least one new gift on Christmas morning.

Rebecca Mitchell of Barnardo's Scotland

The Outlet has teamed up with Barnardo’s Scotland, its charity partner for 2016, installing a Giving Tree decorated with tags featuring the name and age of a child. Customers will have the opportunity to choose a tag and buy a suitable gift, which will then be wrapped and delivered to vulnerable children across Scotland.

The tree, which is located in the food quarter on the first floor of the Outlet, is the first charity initiative introduced by the Designer Outlet as part of the partnership. The Outlet will also be donating money collected from its well-loved water feature to Barnardo’s Scotland throughout the year.

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For over 40 years, Barnardo’s Scotland has supported children with disabilities in West Lothian assisting families who have children aged 5-17 years with profound learning disabilities and high care needs. Through voluntary donations from the public and companies, the charity offers activities which help promote inclusion, whilst developing physical, communication and social skills and encourage confidence.

Kylie Wilson, Marketing Manager at Livingston Designer Outlet, said: “We’re really proud to have Barnardo’s Scotland as our charity partner. They do a tremendous amount of work with the local West Lothian community and across Scotland, making a real difference to young people’s lives.

“The Giving Tree encapsulates the true meaning of Christmas. We’re hopeful our customers will come together and help us to make a difference to local children this festive season - gifts of any size are welcome, we’re just pleased to play a small part in the incredible work they do.”

Rebecca Mitchell, Corporate Relationship Executive at Barnardo’s Scotland, said: “Barnardo’s Scotland is delighted to have been chosen by Livingston Designer Outlet as the Outlet’s charity partner and we are very excited at the prospect of working with them to help vulnerable children in the area. Our vital work is dependent on corporate relationships and our partnership with Livingston Designer Outlet will allow us to support local families to build a better future.