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Thank you for all who helped make Pioneer/BiG Storage toy appeal a success

IT LOOKS like Santa is going to need an extra large sleigh this year, thanks to the generosity of Pioneer readers.

IT LOOKS like Santa is going to need an extra large sleigh this year, thanks to the generosity of Pioneer readers.

Paul Fahey, BiG Storage branch partner, said: “If you are one of the many hundreds of people who have donated a toy to the appeal, please take a moment on Christmas Day to consider the joy your generosity will have brought to a child.”

Thank you to every person or business that has contributed to the amazing gifts that have been collected for this year’s Pioneer/BiG Storage toy appeal.

The charities have been overwhelmed by readers’ response to the appeal and how generous the community has been.

Karen Fisher, development manager at Save the Family, said: “Our staff, myself included, have been reduced to tears of frustration at working with families who have nothing to give their children at Christmas time. We don’t apportion any blame to our clients as their circumstances can be exceptionally difficult.

“The opportunity to receive gifts for ‘our families’ from yourselves has been a great relief and we have worked hard, delivering right up to the last minute, to the needy families who are always very appreciative and totally humbled by the kindness of strangers.”

Amanda Le-Bretton, on behalf of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, said: “Well, what can we say other than thank you, thank you, thank you. The quantity and quality of toys donated is nothing short of phenomenal.

“During these difficult times it would be so easy for us all to concentrate on our own families and friends, but this just isn’t the case as hundreds of people have found it in their hearts (and pockets) to spare a thought and a present for children living with difficulties most of us couldn’t comprehend.

“On behalf of all of these children who now have a memory of Christmas that will stay with them forever, thank you.”

The charities that were recipients of the appeal are:

Save the Family, which provides support for homeless families, stopping them becoming separated during times of need and helping to avoid children being taken into care while parents are searching for help. The charity offers practical and emotional support to families facing separation at its locations in Cheshire and Wales.

Miles of Smiles, a charity based in Ellesmere Port, Chester and Flintshire and which celebrates 20 years of fundraising this year. Its aim is to provide dream trips for disabled, disadvantaged and poorly children to places such as Disneyland Paris and Lapland on a trip of a lifetime.

Hospice of the Good Shepherd, which helps those living with any incurable illness and gives support to families, friends and carers. Its aim is to enable people who are referred to maintain their dignity and ensure they have the best quality of life possible.

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