Christmas 2018

Christmas Gifts for Cholmondeley's children 


Thank you for thinking of our children this Christmas. One of the most amazing things about Christmas is the sense of community it creates. Not only bringing those already close even closer together through gift-giving, but also giving people who don’t know each other a shared sense of goodwill.

We believe every child deserves a gift on Christmas day. Some families just need a little help to give their children the Christmas every child deserves.

We hope our Christmas Q&A below can answer any questions you may have.


Cholmondeley Christmas Presents 2018 Q&A

 I would like to buy a present for a child at Cholmondeley. What next?

Thank you for thinking of Cholmondeley. Our children are very fortunate to receive presents from generous people like ‘you’. The children who come to Cholmondeley are aged 3-12 and all presents donated will directly go to them. However, we also accept gift vouchers (see gift voucher question), or you can view our Wish List and help us provide what is needed for our children at Cholmondeley.

What about gift wrapping?

If possible, we kindly ask that you leave your present unwrapped. This is so we can involve our families in choosing an appropriate gift for their child. At Cholmondeley we ask parents or caregivers to select the presents that they would like for their children, and then we give them the opportunity to wrap them. Volunteers also come to the centre from 10th December to help sort and wrap the presents.

When can I deliver my gift?

Presents will be accepted at Cholmondeley Children’s Centre until Monday 10th December.

Do you accept gift vouchers?

Yes. We kindly ask for you to purchase vouchers from Toy World, Farmers, The Warehouse or Nature Discoveries. This gives families the opportunity to purchase what their children would like for Christmas. 

Is there anything else I can do to support the children this Christmas?

Final intake of children for 2018 will be discharged on Thursday, 20th December. We also welcome you to send a special Christmas message to the children at Cholmondeley. Please email it to: or simply bring it in by Monday 10th December.


“From the Team and all of our Tamariki - we wish you a very special Christmas with family and loved ones. Stay safe and know that you are valued,” Arron Perriam - CEO

Christmas Message from CEO Arron Perriam

At this time of year you naturally get thinking about Christmas and all the Christmases that have gone before, so many changes over the years. As a child I grew up in Southland, a place kind of like Santa in the North Pole, but without the snow. My childhood Christmases were all about family being together, backyard cricket and picnic’s at Awarua Bay.

When my own children were little, Christmas Eve was all about laying out the kids Santa sacks,  late nights wrapping a few gifts for them and trying to get to bed before Santa arrived, not forgetting to leave a carrot for the reindeer and a Speights for Santa.

I guess Christmas means different things to different people and many of you will have your own little traditions and special experiences that have this time of year be just right for you and your family.

One of the special things I’ve noticed about Christmas is the sense of community it creates. People thanking each other for a good year, people coming together for meals or a drink, people enjoying a few days off work, visiting the beach, playing games and sometimes people sharing gifts with one another, all of this creating a sense of goodwill and kindness. At Cholmondeley, we believe every child deserves a gift on Christmas day. The gift of love, belonging, peace and happiness. 

A family under stress or in crisis won’t stop because its Christmas, and neither will our demand from families whose children desperately need regular short-term respite care. I encourage you to read Aleisha’s story  to see how your help makes a difference to families in your community.

As we get ready to farewell 2018 and welcome in 2019, I want to say thank you to you for sharing our journey with us here at Cholmondeley Children’s Centre. It’s been a great year. Thank you for your support, concern and care, from me and my family, and all the staff at Cholmondeley, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

 Arron Perriam - CEO