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Mortgage broker turned Santa to help Exeter families in need

Thanks to The Mortgage Quarter’s annual gift appeal and the generosity of the local community, many Exeter families in need received unexpected and welcome gifts this Christmas.

Since 2019, The Mortgage Quarter has run a Christmas toy collection for a local charity, but the company decided to go large and widen the scope last year. Working in partnership with Exeter CoLab, the appeal aimed to benefit seven Exeter-based charities supporting children, domestic abuse survivors, families in temporary accommodation and Ukrainian refugees. 

Despite the size of the ask, the local community delivered and filled over two rooms with brand-new toys, clothes and other gift donations in just three weeks!

James Miles, director at The Mortgage Quarter, commented, “Every year, we are overwhelmed by the kindness of our community, and 2022 was no different. We were blown away by everyone’s generosity, especially at a time when finances are stretched.

“During the appeal, we heard some heartbreaking stories, so we were glad to play a small part in making a difference this Christmas. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that donated.”

Jo Cuthbertson, Learning Matters Lead at CoLab Exeter, added, “We were stunned and delighted at the level of donations collected by The Mortgage Quarter. What a tremendous effort that brought festive cheer to many families in need this Christmas.”

The beneficiaries included RD&E Charity (Bramble Ward), Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF), Promoting Choice, Breathing Space, Conversation Café and More Positive Me. The Mortgage Quarter and CoLab Exeter distributed all the gifts in time for Christmas.