Come and see 18 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and help us to support some incredible local causes, simply by voting for your favourites!
Scroll down to find out more about Midsummer Place community Christmas tree festival. You can also view each of the trees (although we highly recommend visiting them in person as they are even more beautiful in real life!) and hear about their sponsors and nominated charities.
Until the 24th December 2023, take a stroll through the malls at Midsummer Place and marvel at 18 beautiful Christmas trees, each decorated by a local business or organisation.
We are running a competition for the best dressed trees, and the three trees with the most votes at the end of the festival will each receive a cash donation for their nominated charity in the New Year!
But we can't do it without your help! YOU can help us support these incredibly worthy causes, and it won't cost you a penny: All we need you to do is tell us which three trees are your favourites, so we know who to award the prizes too!
Please make sure you vote before 5pm on Christmas Eve as any votes received after then will not be counted.
For more information on how to enter and to vote, please click here
"Where being unique is celebrated"
The Walnuts School is an all through school for children and young people who have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a Social Communication difficulty, aged 4 to 19. Our school is set across 2 campuses and is based in Hertford Place, Bletchley for students aged 4-11 and Hazeley, Milton Keynes for students aged 11 to 19.
The students are enriched with exciting lessons and activities to help prepare them for as much independence in adulthood as possible. This may be life skills, further education pathways or all the way through to employment.
This shines through in our Sixth Form, where we have a thriving enterprise programme, a sweet shop and a cafe and lots of opportunities for work experience in a range of occupations working in conjunction with local businesses.
Our young people have chosen the theme of the tree this year - to show PRIDE in who we are within our diverse community and also to celebrate the rebranding of our school to The Woodlands School from January 2024.
Please support our young people in their journey and vote for their tree!
If you are interested in helping the school further, there are so many ways to get involved. Click here for more information
Tree Name: O ‘Construction Tree
Specialists in Plant, Powered Access, & Tool Hire our depot is based in Broughton Milton Keynes.
We are an independent family-owned hire company in Milton Keynes offering Local & National coverage of Powered Access, Plant Hire, Tool Hire for any project.
Source started as a husband-and-wife team, working from there lounge in 2012, they have expanded the business over the years & invested in new equipment in 2019 with more investment in 2022.
My son, Samuel, was 9 when he was diagnosed with cancer. He saw how hard it was for the kids on the ward and he wanted to help them through the dark, scary, painful and lonely time that serious illness creates.
Samuel passed away 6 months after going into hospital and never saw how his charity helps thousands of seriously ill children in hospital each day by giving some hope and relief from the daily pain and suffering.
Samuel's Charity provides essential pain reducing equipment, entertainment equipment, ward redecoration, WiFi, Netflix, improved food and anything the kids and ward needs.
We are Spinks Creative Ltd, a marketing and branding agency based in Broughton, Milton Keynes, founded on passion for creativity, delivering results and building great connections. What we do is more about the services we offer; it’s about relationships, results and helping businesses to stand out from the crowd.
There’s no limit to where marketing can take you and your business with Spinks Creative.
Harry’s Rainbow supports children and young people in Milton Keynes and nearby areas who have lost a parent or sibling.
The charity was founded in October 2011 because, as a family grieving the loss of Harry, they struggled to find the help they needed. Harry’s Rainbow offers ongoing support groups, activities, trips and personalised support packages. They aim to make sure that grieving children get the help they need, whether it’s through books, resources, memory boxes, or confidence-building activities. Your support will help make a real difference.
About our tree
Nothing screams creativity and imagination like the wonderful world of wizardry. So, we’ve unleashed our inner sorcerers, wielding our magic wands and showering our Christmas tree with twinkling lights, a sprinkle of enchantment and a pinch of creativity. Behold our festive masterpiece and be whisked away to a world of wizards, witchcraft and cosy winter nights.
We hope you enjoy our little bit of Christmas spinkledust!
Two Flags are a local, owner operated business that attends many events and festivals with our converted horse boxes. Two Flags work on a range of events from small school fetes, to larger festivals and corporate events. They take pride in providing the very best food and use local produce in our offerings.
Emily's Star has been supporting children & babies in Milton Keynes for over 11 years. We offer support to families who have a child or children with a life threatening or life limiting condition, we support from birth until the age of 25. We provide this support through a number of means, from 121 sessions, memory making activities, large group events & yearly wishes, we tailor our support to each family. Alongside this we also support families of premature babies, we donate clothing & emergency care packs to any hospital within the UK, from our full neonatal boxes to Milton Keynes hospital, to our post-able mini packs which can be sent anywhere in the UK. Everything we do is at no costs to our families, all our events are covered by our fundraising and all the mini packs are posted completely free of charge. We do all of this in memory of Emily, who passed away aged 26 days after being diagnosed at birth with Trisomy 18, the UK's second most common syndrome after Downs Syndrome.
Willen is a loved and respected local charity providing care for end-of-life patients and their families. The work they do is truly amazing.
Having worked with Willen for several years across their Retail, Projects and Marketing requirements we are always keen to support and help Willen on their mission to ensure Milton Keynes benefits from palliative care now and in the future!
Willen Hospice provide free, compassionate care to adults in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas living with a life-limiting illness. Their dedicated team provide specialist, personalised care to support patients and their family members, helping them to deal with the physical and emotional effects of both their illness and treatments. One of the ways Willen raise funds is via a number of charity shops across the region. They've always received a steady stream of donated music in excellent condition, and it’s always been very popular with our customers. Now that music has a home of its own!
Off The Record by Willen delivers an all-round experience for the music-lovers amongst us. We have specialist vinyl, DVDs and CDs, instruments and memorabilia on offer, plus band t-shirts, instruments and much more.
Music to donate? Spin it round for someone else to enjoy. Call us on Tel: 07729 045038.
Broughton Manor Prep School & Nursery is situated in a beautiful manor house and grounds in MK10, with direct access to the M1 and easily accessible from all surrounding areas of Milton Keynes.
We offer all our children a first class, tailored education and we place a great deal of emphasis on nurturing the whole child, building strong foundations for every future.
It really is an exceptional place where children can Belong, Create and Achieve.
We currently have vacancies in our Nursery for babies to 2-year-olds, and in our school for 3 -11-year-olds. Please visit our website or give us a call anytime – we would love to tell you more!
www.bmprep.co.uk / 01908 665234
We're supporting NSPCC
Helping others is very dear to our hearts at Broughton Manor Prep School, and we are proud to be sponsoring the NSPCC with our tree. Like us, they believe that every child is precious, and deserves the best start in life, and they do all that they can to support children who need help, through donation and sponsorship that really makes a difference!
“Together, we can stop child abuse and neglect. Through the collective power of our people, supporters and partners, and our 100 years of experience, we’ll move closer to achieving that goal.”
Slimming World Milton Keynes with Jane is an award winning, super supportive weight loss group running from venues in Stony Stratford, Wolverton, Old Stratford and Olney. Whilst losing lb's we are also committed to raising £'s for Alzheimer's Research a disease which has impacted so many of us.
As a failed dieter for over 25 years, Slimming World enabled me to lose weight without ever feeling hungry and after reaching my target weight with a loss of over 11 stone, I decided that I would like to help others achieve their goals.
Losing weight is easy when you have a fantastic plan, however changing the habits of a lifetime around how we think and feel about food is much harder. As an organisation we have over 50 years experience in the psychology of slimming and our friendly groups offer support without judgement or humiliation with other like minded people.
To find out more check out our facebook page - Slimming World Milton Keynes with Jane, or give me a call on 07886 808205
Jane's Dad was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia in 2017 although there had been signs for many years before that.
The diagnosis was devastating for him and all of Jane's family. To stand by and watch an articulate and intelligent man lose his vocabulary and sense of identity was soul destroying. Changes in personality and mood meant that the person they knew and loved gradually disappeared along with his memories.
Sadly Jane's Dad passed away on 10 August 2021 after a minor chest infection lead to a short stay at MK Hospital, where he contracted sepsis which lead to a fatal heart attack.
Jane says she couldn’t imagine how scared he would have been at the hospital amongst strangers who were ill equipped to deal with dementia patients and were also trying to deal with the consequences of a pandemic. He died alone without his family beside him.
Jane started raising money when he was first diagnosed because she felt powerless to stop this disease. She carries on now in his memory to one day stop others from facing the same.
Our vision is a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.
Alzheimer's Research are the UK's leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, uniting the big thinkers in the field and funding the innovative science that will deliver a cure.
This tree is a memory tree. Dementia often causes confusion and so this tree celebrates all occasions along with remembering loved ones we have lost. All decorations will be available to buy in the New Year to raise additional money for Alzheimer’s Research and have been made by Slimming World members across my groups.
Bidwell Accountancy is an accountancy practice with a difference.
With our head office based in Linford Wood, we are the accountancy practice with a difference.
We couldn’t be further from the image of old accountants, who produced mountains of paperwork and equally big accounting bills. If you have ever been confused by your accounts, then it’s time to try something very different.
Our aim is to make accountancy accessible and to make it work for you. We make good use of the latest technology to ensure your business is always up to date, that you have the most effective financial systems, and can see into the future!
We’ll be on your side every step of the way, by helping you form clear goals and planning how your business can best meet them.
After hearing the heart-breaking story of how the trust was set up Bidwell Accountancy was keen to support as much as we could
The Christmas Tree event was a great opportunity to do this and support The Henry Allen Trust to continue its work raising vital funds for children, teens, young adults and their families battling childhood cancer
About The Henry Allen Trust:
The Henry Allen Trust is a registered charity based in Milton Keynes who support children, teens, young adults and their families battling childhood cancer throughout the UK and have been operating since 2014.
The Trust was started in memory of Henry Allen who lost his battle to Stage 4, MYCN Amplified High Risk, Neuroblastoma in 2013 to create ‘magical smiles’ and bring ‘happiness’ to children and their families battling childhood cancer. Everyone involved within The Trust works tirelessly to ensure no family feels alone during their cancer journey.
No family should face the horrible and traumatic journey that cancer inflicts, and The Henry Allen Trust is there for these families from initial contact, all the way through the rest of their journey, be it treatment, remission, or palliative/end of life care and beyond. We can’t wave a magic wand and make it all better, but we can be there to support and guide these families through.
The Henry Allen Trust provides the following services.
- Treats, wishes and financial grants. This support helps families experiencing financial hardship due to cancer, to pay their utility bills, buy essential food items, treat themselves or contribute towards a family break. Some examples of the treats we have granted include purchasing a PlayStation 5, a summer house and paid for a 12-month annual pass for the national trust.
- Support to hospitals across the country via arts, crafts and care packages. The trust has also funded training for 4 oncology nurses as there was a need for oncology nurses to be trained in administering Hickman lines and there was a lack of funding in the NHS.
- Access to a well-being therapist and a pet therapy dog who offer ongoing support to children with cancer and their families.
- Monthly activity through a support group. Every month the children and families we support are invited to join Team Henry for a fun activity where they can come together and share experiences with other families and enjoy some quality time together.
The Trust is currently supporting 200 families and 10 hospitals across the UK.
There are two types of four legged heroes working for Medical Detection Dogs:
Dogs are the best biosensors on the planet. They have 300 million scent receptors in their noses, compared to a human’s 5 million, and can detect odour at parts per trillion. This is the equivalent of being able to smell a teaspoon of sugar in 2 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
We take the welfare of our Medical Detection Dogs extremely seriously. From the moment they come to us as puppies we ensure the highest standards of care for our dogs. We have a strict no kennel policy and all our dogs live in the homes of our staff or fantastic local volunteers where they are loved and cared for as part of the family.
This year we are celebrating our 15th Anniversary, 15 years of giving our clients their lives’ back. We are proud to say that we have placed over 200 lifesaving dogs and we are excited to look forward at what we can achieve in the future. We do not receive any government funding to carry out our life saving work, which means that we rely on the generosity of our Corporate Partners, our Supporters, Charitable Trusts and Foundations and incredible people like you, Members of the Public to fund our life-saving work.
Reedbut Group are a designer and manufacturer of sustainable cardboard packaging, based in Bletchley with two other sites in Kent and Hampshire. They specialise in plastic-free and recyclable packaging that keeps products secure and offers customers a unique unboxing experience.
The Reedbut Tree is decorated entirely using cardboard and paper decorations – everything can be re-used or recycled!
to find out more about what we do, please visit us at www.reedbut.com
Our chosen charity is Willen Hospice
Willen Hospice cares for end-of-life patients and their families in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. The Hospice is run by local people for local people, delivering calm, compassionate care in a tranquil environment, to help people make the most of the time they have left with their loved ones.
Milton Keynes College is proud to be an open and inclusive general Further Education College, welcoming learners of all levels and delivering an excellent educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. The College offers a broad range of qualifications with more than 5,000 students studying 16-19 vocational study programmes, apprenticeships, adult learning, and Higher Education. The College will also be offering A Levels from September 2024, with four career-focused pathways for learners to choose from.
We’re supporting St Mark's Meals MK
St Mark’s Meals MK provide and distribute dinner kit boxes to over 100 schools and children’s centres all across Milton Keynes so that any member of staff at these places can give a box to any child, whenever they see the need. We trust the amazing teachers, TA's, pastoral teams, children's workers and receptionists to give away Meals to children who are in need.
St Mark’s Meals have developed five different meal kit boxes designed to create a delicious meal for the whole family. Everything needed for dinner is in the box, including a recipe card with straightforward instructions and games and puzzles for kids to play.
18,000 local children are living in poverty right now – that means that there are thousands of parents and carers who know the stress and pain of not being able to provide dinner for their family. We’re working hard to make sure that no children in Milton Keynes are going to bed hungry – we can’t fix all of life’s problems, but we can sort dinner.
About our tree
Our learners are at the heart of everything we do, so of course we had to include them in our tree! Julia Klimaszewska, a former Level 3 Graphic Design student at the College, designed an amazing mural for our Chaffron Way campus, inspired by our vision of education that goes Beyond the Classroom. We loved the mural so much that we’ve taken elements of this and incorporated them into our designs.
Our Engineering department took Julia’s creations and used a laser cutter to produce the fantastic baubles you can see on the tree in our brand colours. Staff and learners from across the College then came together to decorate our tree – a real team effort!
We’ve also included baubles from the College’s charity partner, St Mark’s Meals MK, who we’re fundraising for as part of the Christmas Tree Festival. St Mark’s Meals do incredible work in our local community supporting families facing hardship and hunger, so we wanted to include them in this tree too.
We are SOGO Mobility, a flexible mobility provider for Cars and LCVs. We aim to lead the industry in sustainable mobility. With the help of our partners at BP Carbon Neutral, we ensure that every mile in one of our petrol, diesel, or hybrid vehicles is offset, helping to reduce CO2 emissions. We have a wide range of cars and vans that are available on month-by-month leases, allowing our customers to change their vehicle to fit their needs. As well as being carbon offset, each of our leases includes full breakdown cover, roadside assistance, and servicing. Nationwide delivery is also available, with monthly mileage based pricing to suit our customers needs. Why not help us to drive the green transition by leasing a vehicle with us?
Why we picked Tiggywinkles:
We understand that British wildlife is at risk due to the increase of extreme weather and wanted to support something that helped to rebuild our local wildlife. We have chosen to decorate our tree in aid of Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital Foundation, which is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British Wildlife.
All British wild animal casualties brought into the hospital are treated completely free of charge and are released back into the wild when they are fit to do so. Any animal or bird unable to be released back into the wild is kept at the hospital in as natural conditions as possible. Every animal is given a chance.
MyMiltonKeynes is a non-profit organisation fully funded by businesses in Central Milton Keynes. We’ve been operating since June 2017 and deliver much valued projects including the Christmas lights and switch-on event, landscaping of the public walkways and the free mybus for Central MK employees. We are all about promoting the area and celebrating the great things Central MK has to offer.
Harry's Rainbow was founded in 2011. Since then, we have been supporting bereaved children and their families in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.
Harry’s Rainbow was founded after Odette Mould and husband Lee tragically lost their son, Harry Mould in 2009, leaving his twin sister Jessica without her sibling. After searching locally for their bereaved daughter to have some much-needed help and support, the closest was a 70-mile round trip to High Wycombe.
Our mission is to be one of the leading providers of support services for bereaved children and their families, offering them the emotional and practical support they need during the grieving process. We want to raise awareness about bereavement, the impact it has on families, and the services available at Harry’s Rainbow, giving families the support when and where it is most needed.
Odette Mould recognised the need for a service within the Milton Keynes area, so therefore in October 2011, Harry’s legacy, “Harry’s Rainbow” was born. Harry’s Rainbow is committed to supporting bereaved children and their families in the Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. They know how difficult it can be to help and support your children through their pain, grief and loss at the same time as trying to deal with your own. Therefore, they aim to support the children affected by the death of a very significant family member, such as a parent or sibling.
Harry’s Rainbow needs to raise approximately £250k per year to ensure their service meets the needs of those that require it. Please, if you can, make a donation to this amazing local charity that really does go above and beyond to help bereaved children in our community. Find out more on how you can help by clicking here
Shakespeare Martineau is a full service law firm helping businesses, people and their families across Milton Keynes and beyond.
Working with organisations of all sizes and sectors including SMEs, government, charity and public sector, the firm delivers a broad range of specialist legal services and has expertise across multiple areas from family business and investment funds through to property development and healthcare. Shakespeare Martineau also provides services for families and private clients, from wills, estate planning and residential conveyancing, to divorce and child arrangements.
For this year’s Christmas Tree Festival, Shakespeare Martineau’s chosen charity is Camphill MK Communities, a residential community for adults with a wide range of learning disabilities, providing support and a meaningful working life in a safe environment. Currently home to 70 residents, the charity is fundraising for phase one of a building project to construct 60 new accessible rooms, an outdoor education zone with allotments, and workshop refurbishments.
Redway Runners is a local community running club based in Milton Keynes. The club has grown massively over the last 14 years. With over 2,500 current members, we are quite possibly the largest running club in the country (or even the world!) that meets regularly for runs.
We are a social running club offering fun and fitness to our members. The club is managed for the benefit of members while offering great value for money at only £5 membership per year.
Redway Runners holds over 30 runs and rambles per week. We cater for all levels of ability and all types of runners. We also provide many beginners’, groups taking new runners to completing a 5K parkrun.
Club members each year vote on a club Charity of the Year. For the year to 31 March 2024 our charity is the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. We want to support them in recognition of their help and compassion when one of our members sadly passed away earlier this year.
Thames Valley Air Ambulance is the charity that gives everybody in our community the best chance of surviving and recovering from an emergency.
We’re here for you and your loved ones. Whoever you are. Wherever and whenever you need us. In Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Bringing hospital-level care to you by land and air. Medicine and equipment. Paramedics and doctors. Our team are highly trained and ready for any eventuality. Giving you the best chance when the worst happens.
Together, we do everything in our power to protect, save and revive lives with the best critical care at the scene and beyond.
We are not government or lottery funded, so we rely on the generosity of our community – and people like you. Thank you
Franklins Solicitors LLP is a full-service law firm, with offices in Milton Keynes and Northampton. We’ve been helping clients with their business and personal legal matters since 1982. Offering a friendly, efficient, and professional service, we pride ourselves on putting clients first.
We’re proud to be rated Excellent on Trustpilot and regularly receive repeat business and referrals from thousands of satisfied clients.
Franklin Solicitors LLP services include:
This year we have chosen to support Willen Hospice.
Willen Hospice cares for end-of-life patients and their families in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. The Hospice is run by local people for local people. The hospice is proud to deliver calm, compassionate care in a tranquil environment, helping people to really make the most of the time they have left with their loved ones.
Thinking of relationship support? We can Relate.
Making the decision to transform your relationships and wellbeing can feel like a big step but it’s also a really positive one.
So, whenever you’re ready, we can Relate.
We offer a range of services.
From romance to roommates, from colleagues to co-parents our highly-skilled therapists can give you the support you need in a way that suits you.
At Relate Milton Keynes our services include:
• Relationship Counselling for individuals and couples
• Young People’s Counselling (11-25 year-olds)
• Family Counselling
• Sex Therapy
• Couple Therapy for Depression
• Family Mediation
Find out more and get started:
Call us on: 01908 310010
To find out more and explore our services, visit relatemk.org
Having served Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas for over 30 years, at Brinnick Locksmiths & Security we cover any security needs with expert knowledge and experience. We are the only certified Master Locksmith in the area and work with local hospitals, schools and councils as part of our ever-growing customer base.
From lock outs to lock changes at your property, and the installation of security alarms and cameras, keeping you and your family secure is our top priority. We also supply and service safes, grilles, UPVC and wooden doors, master locking systems and our high-street shop in Newport Pagnell can tend to any in-person questions and key cutting needs.
The Milton Keynes & District Group of the MS Society supports local people with Multiple Sclerosis and their families and carers.
The Milton Keynes group provides:
Our activities help people to face the future with more confidence, socialise and remain part of the community.
Our local services are paid for entirely by money raised by volunteer fundraisers, at bucket collections and through grants and donations to the MK group.
The Milton Keynes MS Society Group is run by volunteers, people like you who want to do something for local people with MS. Whatever your skills, there's an opportunity for you to get involved and make a real difference for your local MS community.
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