Toys galore as community helps charity appeal

From left, Christina Pirrie, DJ Mark Collins, Tara Leyland, customer Alison Manley and April Yates. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
From left, Christina Pirrie, DJ Mark Collins, Tara Leyland, customer Alison Manley and April Yates. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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A MOUNTAIN of toys has been donated by people keen to bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas.

The public have shown their goodwill since the launch of Wave 105’s Mission Christmas toy appeal, which is being supported by The News.

Yesterday presenter Mark Collins did a live broadcast from Sainsbury’s at Farlington to whip up support.

Within a few short hours, the pile of toys was building up.

He told The News: ‘We have been working in conjunction with Sainsbury’s to raise 54,000 toys for all the children in poverty in the Wave 105 area.

‘We have been doing various live broadcasts from various Sainsbury’s.

‘Just in the few hours that we were there we have got over 500 toys in store through individuals and through companies.

‘Lots of companies are not doing Secret Santa and asking people to bring in toys instead.’

He added: ‘Christmas is for children.

‘The reason we wanted to do this is because we want to make sure every child living in poverty has at least one present to open on Christmas Day.

‘When we found out there were 54,000 children living in poverty, we wanted to raise that amount.

‘It’s going to be a heck of a task, but this year seems to have taken off.’

Cash for Kids, the charity that runs the scheme, is asking people to donate new and unwrapped gifts for children of any age up to 18.

Local places supported by the appeal include the Beacon Food Bank in Havant.

Ruth Scott is manager of the food bank.

She said: ‘It’s fantastic. It makes the hampers into proper Christmas hampers as we can include toys for the children.’

People will be able to drop their gifts off at Sainsbury’s stores until December 14.

Thomas Cook sites will be acting as drop-off points.

You can also drop off any donations at The News offices at 1000 Lakeside.