THE BiG Storage and Pioneer Christmas Toy Appeal is delighted to have the support of Lucy Meacock, one of Britain’s longest serving news and current affairs presenters.
This is the second year Lucy has supported the appeal and we are grateful to have her support once more.
The Granada Reports presenter – and former Chester Chronicle journalist – said: “I am delighted to be involved in the toy appeal again this year. Last year saw a tremendous response. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of readers, especially during the difficult times due to the economic climate.
“The children who benefited from the toys donated are some of the most underprivileged and vulnerable children in our community and hopefully Christmas Day was full of much more joy and happiness than it would have been.
“I am hoping this year we can help raise as many donations, if not more than we did last year. I would like to encourage everyone to buy an extra toy to donate to the appeal when out shopping over the next few weeks. It really will make a difference to a child or teenagers Christmas.”
On behalf of one of the recipients, Save the Family, development manager Karen Fisher said: “We are overjoyed to be part of the appeal once again and thank the generosity of the readers.”
The appeal is looking for donations of new toys suitable for the age range of 0-16. Look for the buy one, get one free or two for one offers and the gift doesn’t have to be expensive.
The children the gifts are donated to would not normally receive a present at Christmas if it wasn’t for appeals like this.
The charities which will benefit from 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 is a charity based in Chester, Flintshire and Ellesmere Port which celebrates 20 years of fundraising this year. Its aim is to provide dream trips for disabled, disadvantaged and poorly local children to places such as Disneyland Paris and Lapland on a trip of a lifetime.
Hospice of the Good Shepherd, which helps to improve the quality of life for 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.
Toys can be dropped off at the reception at BiG Storage (next to B&Q), The Printworks, Sealand Road, Chester CH1 4RN, 01244 399993. The opening hours are 8.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm on Saturdays and 10am-2pm on Sundays .