Festive toy appeal is launched

Launch of Fenland Citizen and Co-Operative toy appeal where the toys go to Salvation Army'left to right back Georgina Franklin, Kelly Hunt (branch manager) and Harriet Secker (assistant manager) 'front Major Rob Smart
Launch of Fenland Citizen and Co-Operative toy appeal where the toys go to Salvation Army'left to right back Georgina Franklin, Kelly Hunt (branch manager) and Harriet Secker (assistant manager) 'front Major Rob Smart
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THE Fenland Citizen and Anglia Co-operative Travel branch in Wisbech are asking readers to have a heart this Christmas and support our annual festive toy appeal.

This is the fifth year of the Santa’s Suitcase appeal, run in conjunction with Wisbech Salvation Army - and spearheaded by the travel branch at the Beales store in Church Terrace.

This year supermarket giants Tesco have come on board as collection points at Wisbech and March and have pledged £500 of gift vouchers to the Salvation Army for the appeal.

Due to health and safety regulations, we can only accept new and not second-hand toys, no knitted toys but books are acceptable.

Your generosity has helped provide gifts for hundreds of children in disadvantaged families locally.

Travel branch manager Kelly Hunt said: “Our customers and Citizen readers have responded magnificently to previous appeals and with their help we hope to make Christmas for families this year who have very little and cannot afford toys.”

Bring your donations of toys, cuddlies, games and puzzles to either the travel branch or the Fenland Citizen at 11 Union Street in Wisbech or the Tesco stores.

All toys collected will be delivered to families by Wisbech Salvation Army, working with local social services staff.

Salvation Army corps officer Major Robert Smart said: “Last year alone the appeal helped 40 families.

“In this day and age of cutbacks there will be a lot of people struggling to buy Christmas presents for their children who will be very grateful for this support.”

The presents need to be given unwrapped so they can be seen and allocated to the right aged child.

Last year, hundreds of children aged from babies to teenagers enjoyed a happier Christmas - thanks to you.