Nov 25 2010 by Barry Ellams, Chester Chronicle
THE Chronicle/BiG Storage Toy Appeal is going strong in its third week.
For the fourth year running BiG Storage and the Chester Chronicle is holding the appeal in aid of Save the Family – a charity dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals in their time of need.
Our Christmas toy appeal has been given an extra boost from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service which has opened a collection point in Chester.
Station manager Ian West explained: “Chester Fire Station fully supports the toy appeal with BiG Storage.Š We are happy to be involved and our box is ready and waiting for toys to be dropped off.”
BiG Storage chief executive Andrew Donaldson said: “Thank you to Chester Fire Station who are supporting the appeal and especially for them becoming a drop-off point for the appeal.”
Although the appeal has already received some donations, there is still a long way to go and not that many weeks left until Christmas.Š
“We are appealing to Chronicle readers to think about donating a gift which will help make Christmas extra special for a youngster.
Save The Family offers temporary accommodation, adult training facilities and emotional support to help homeless families and individuals learn the skills needed for resettlement back into the community.
Children receive continued support and a future based on hope, trust and education.
Save The Family is replicating its model at a new site near Chester, Cotton Hall Farm.
More information on the charity and how you can help can be found at www.savethefamily. org.uk, or by calling 01244 409100.
Edna Speed, from Save the Family, said: “We are delighted that Cheshire Fire Service has joined the appeal.
“This season of the year always proves very difficult for homeless families and we are grateful for anyone who helps us bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
“Every gift will make a difference to some child.”
The fire station is on St Anne Street, next to Northgate Arena, CH1 2HP.
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