A big thank you

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GENEROUS people across Fenland have guaranteed smiles on the faces of youngsters this Christmas with their amazing support for a toy appeal.

The Citizen teamed up with Wisbech-based Co-operative Travel to ask for donations of toys for its annual Santa’s Suitcase Appeal.

For the last four years the gifts have rolled in with all the toys donated going to the Salvation Army, who in turn pass them on to Fenland Support who distribute them to less fortunate children including those in care homes across the district.

And this year - despite the economic gloom - the fantastic people of Fenland have rallied to the cause and given generously.

Everything from colouring pencils to cycles, board games to dolls have been given, and whilst second hand toys in good condition are welcome, many people have gone to the expense of buying new goodies this year.

“It seems people have been more generous than ever. People have been coming into the store and going up to the toy department and buying a toy to give to the appeal. The majority of items are new, which is just fantastic.

“But we have also had a lot good quality second hand toys and I would like to thank everyone who has donated these - they are very welcome and I’m sure the children will love to receive them,” said Harriet Secker, assistant manager of Co-operative Travel.

And Major Rob Smart, from the Salvation Army, also paid tribute to people’s generosity.

“I can’t believe how generous people have been, particularly in the current climate. They have been absolutely fantastic and I’m sure the children will be delighted when they unwrap their gifts this year.”