December updates from Blackburn BID

Secret Santa Xmas 2021 Appeal

Secret Santa are a Community Interest Company based in The Mall Blackburn on King William Street.   As their 5th Christmas approaches, they have launched their Xmas 2021 appeal, where again they will be providing a sack of 7 presents to 1,000 local disadvantaged children to open on Christmas day morning.  Secret Santa’s hope is to bring a smile and genuine cheer into the lives of those less fortunate children in Blackburn and Darwen on Christmas morning when they open their totally unexpected “Santa Sack”. (The parents will have wrapped these presents and will give them as if they had bought the gifts, giving themselves some self-esteem and most importantly the obvious message to the child that they ARE loved, and they ARE normal and do NOT have to go without.  Because without what they do – these children would REALLY get next to nothing at all. 

Secret Santa intend providing 7 presents in each sack of gifts (Age/Gender appropriate):

  • A selection box – All children LOVE chocolate
  • Stocking filler – To help build the excitement
  • Reading Book(s) – To help them read, learn or even “escape”
  • Skipping rope, Football or Frisbee – Get them mobile
  • Board game/Puzzle – To play together as a family unit
  • Main present – Just for themselves
  • A teddy – For those quiet, comforting times

Collectively these gifts will help the child play, read, learn, engage with his/her family/friends playing games and really enjoy their own very special Christmas experience.  Each “Santa’s sack” costs approximately £25.   Ideally, they need to collect cash donations that will allow them to purchase a quantity of age/gender specific gifts that they will make up into “Santa sacks” containing 7 different presents that will be delivered to the parents of these children.  Cash donations allow them to fill specific gaps between what toys are donated, and the toys that they need.  You can donate money here  If you’re a business and wanted as a company to donate toys – simply collect your toys, call Secret Santa and they’ll pick them up and take photos to share on their social media.  Please either email ( ) with your details OR, call on 07866 566166. 

Believe in the Magic of Blackburn town centre’ is a People’s Book Prize Finalist!

I’m delighted to let you know that our book ‘Believe in the Magic of Blackburn town centre’, commissioned by Blackburn BID with partners BwD Council and The Mall Blackburn is a Finalist in the People’s Book Prize!  The People’s Book Prize is a literary competition aimed at finding, supporting and promoting new and undiscovered works — and is decided exclusively by the public.  The book is written by local author Christina Gabbitas and illustrated by Ursula Hurst, and tells the magical story of 2 children who go on an adventure back in time in Blackburn town centre.  You can vote for the book here:

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