(L-R, Sean Reddington, Leigh Wood)

Leigh Wood and Joe Worrall are joining forces with Sean this December as he calls on other business leaders and those in the community to support local charities in time for Christmas

Nottingham entrepreneur and CEO of Thrive Learning, Sean Reddington, is on a mission this December to rally together local business leaders and famous faces to spread some festive cheer and extend the gift of giving. Having already brought boxer Leigh Wood and Nottingham Forest footballer Joe Worrall to support such an incredible initiative, Thrive hopes to donate over £10,000 of toys and goods to a variety of local charities including – Abbey Green Therapeutic ​Children’s Services, Rainbows, and PASIC.

The month of festive giving started with a visit to Abbey Green Therapeutic Children’s Services yesterday (5th December) by Sean, Leigh Wood and wider members of the Thrive team. Bringing with them an incredible selection of presents for the children aged six-to-seventeen, including toy cars, superheroes, lego, sensory toys and lights, lego, pamper gifts such as bath bombs, games and activities to encourage movement to name just a few. Abbey Green is a children’s home which provides therapeutic care and accommodation for children who have experienced traumatic events in their lives.

On the 15th of December, Sean and Joe hope to take a bumper load of toys, presents  and goods to Rainbows, an East Midlands Children’s Hospice providing palliative care and support for children, young people, and their families, when faced with life-limiting conditions.


Finally, Thrive will be making a donation to PASIC, a crucial charity supporting children and young people with cancer ahead of Christmas. After gifting all of the children of Thrive employees personalised festive advent calendars, Thrive will be donating a present on behalf of every child to PASIC.

Sean, Joe and Leigh are also calling on other business leaders and people within the community, if they are able, to add to the £10,000 worth of donations they hope to make.

Sean Reddington, CEO of Thrive Learning, adds:

“Giving back shouldn’t, and isn’t at Thrive, limited to Christmas. However, at a time when you can see other people giving and receiving gifts or celebrating with friends and family, or at Christmas parties, it can be a little bit harder on those who have to go without or are looking after a seriously ill child.

“That was the motivation behind calling on different people from Nottingham to support some incredible charities doing genuinely life-changing work.

“We’re not stopping there – what we really hope to do is encourage other business leaders and people to get involved. Christmas should be a time of community and bringing people together – we want to recapture that spirit and feeling in our own community. Every donation really does make a difference, and if your gift of a toy could help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas who might otherwise have to go without, then it’s worth it.”