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Partners launch Christmas Toy Appeal

Published on Tuesday, 7th November 2017 in Children and family care news

The Toy Appeal partnership is hoping to bring some Christmas cheer to families in need with the launch of its annual Christmas Toy Appeal on 13 November at Parkgate Shopping.

Kindhearted members of the public are urged to donate Christmas gifts for children who would not normally receive anything.

The partnership headed up by Voluntary Action Rotherham  (VAR) which includes Parkgate Shopping, Rotherham United and RotherFM  is collecting for children up to 18 years old.

Parkgate Shopping will have ‘giving trees’ dotted around, where shoppers can pick up gift tags from the branches and buy age appropriate gifts for children due to receive them. The tags will state the gender and age of the children.

Julie Adamson, Services Manager at VAR, said: “The Toy Appeal is well established in the town, and we are hoping to beat last year’s total of over 1,000 toys which were collected and distributed to families. I am sure local people will pull out all the stops once again to spread a little extra festive cheer this Christmas.”

Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Eve-Rose Keenan, is due to officially launch the appeal at an event to be attended by Rotherham United owner Tony Stewart and children from Rotherham schools singing Christmas carols. 

Santa’s elves will also be in Tesco Rotherham on 14 November from 9.00 am where shoppers will be able to leave gifts for the appeal. Drop off points for gifts are also at VAR and Rotherham Town Hall, Rother FM will also be doing a collection service on 11 December.

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