It’s our very own toy story thanks to generous shoppers

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KIND-HEARTED shoppers have donated gifts worth thousands of pounds for charity in time for Christmas.

Ian Hickton and his wife Rachel and friend Audrey Ducane collected £2,000 of toys from customers of the Kleeneze catalogue.

(left to right), Ian Hickton his wife Rachel, with Steve and distributor, Audrey Ducane.'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133481-5)

(left to right), Ian Hickton his wife Rachel, with Steve and distributor, Audrey Ducane.'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133481-5)

The 51-year-old has organised the charity toy appeal for the past three years.

He distributes the catalogue which has toys in. Ian encouraged customers to choose a gift from the catalogue to be bought for the charity.

The gifts, that range from rocking horses to musical instruments and model helicopters, will be given to Naomi House and Jacksplace.

The charities, based in Hampshire, support children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.

Ian said: ‘All the toys have been donated by the customers of Kleeneze.

‘This is the third year we’ve done it and across the three years we’ve given over £6,000 worth of toys.

‘Last year we raised £2,500, this year of course is slightly down on that, but from our first year in which we raised £1,500 it shows how well it’s taken off.

‘When we first started we were looking at various charities and my wife Rachel wanted Naomi House.’

As well as donating the toys, Ian and Rachel also donate money to The Rowan’s Hospice and Help For Heroes.

Ian, of Victor Road, Fratton, added: ‘When a customer buys a toy, we get a commission and then that is donated to Help for Heroes and The Rowans.

‘We didn’t think we would be earning money from the toys, and when the penny dropped that we’d get commission for it, we sat down and thought about it.’

Some of the toys, including a dolls house and rocking chairs, have been personalised with the Naomi House name. Some toys will be given as Christmas presents while others will be used for birthdays and Easter.

Steve Bailey, an ambassador for Naomi House, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see all the toys and just how hard Ian and the rest work.

‘It’s lovely that they have gone the extra mile and got the gifts personalised.

‘They manage to supply us with toys for the whole year so it’s really great.’

The toys are set to be handed over today.