An Italian restaurant outside Tarporley is supporting the Lalley Toy Appeal by becoming a gift donation station for needy children this festive season.

The charity hopes kind restaurant-goers will donate a toy or gift when they visit Pesto at Cabbage Hall on Forest Road which will then be given to a child in need over the Christmas period.

This is the fourth year of the appeal and this year they hope to help give 1,900 local children across Cheshire and Greater Manchester a happy and memorable Christmas by asking ‘secret santas’ from across the region to donate a gift to a child in need at a local drop off point like Pesto.

The Toy Appeal receives requests for support every year from schools, adoption centres, social workers and more.

Each child the appeal helps will receive a bundle of around eight presents including a main present, books and board game, meaning the charity needs to receive over 15,000 donations to achieve their goal.

Organiser of the Lalley Christmas Toy Appeal Dee Drake said: “We have a huge number of organisations that we are hoping to support this year including the brain tumour ward of the Manchester Children’s Hospital and we’re also reaching children in new areas like Winsford and Wythenshawe so the pressure really is on.

“So many families need some support at this time of year and we know with the support of companies like Pesto and their customers that we can help take some off the burden off mum and dad and help these children have a fabulous Christmas.”

New and unwrapped gifts are needed for children and young people aged from 0-18 years old – with main presents for children aged eighht - 11 years old and older teens particularly wanted.

Books, board games, play items, teddy bears, arts and crafts gifts, selection boxes and teddies are all welcome donations as well as age appropriate main presents or toys.

If you would like to help out and donate an item please feel free to drop off your gift at Pesto at Cabbage Hall or at Pesto restaurant in the Trafford centre anytime throughout the week when the restaurant is open.

Manager at Pesto Kayleigh Clark adds: “When we heard about the Lalley Centre Toy Appeal we wanted to help out any way we could. Not only are our employees donating toys and gifts of all varieties, but we wanted to give our customers an opportunity to get involved by making it even easier for them to donate too.

“We’re very grateful of any donations we receive from our customers as we know that these gifts are incredibly important in helping keep Christmas special for children.”

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