Upwell sisters boost Salvation Army toy appeal

Upwell Village Hall. Morgan and Mia Charles are holding halloween party to support Salvation Army Toy Drive left to right Mia Charles 5, Madden Charles 10months and Morgan Charles 7 ANL-151031-141154009

Upwell Village Hall. Morgan and Mia Charles are holding halloween party to support Salvation Army Toy Drive left to right Mia Charles 5, Madden Charles 10months and Morgan Charles 7 ANL-151031-141154009

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A generous family and their friends have made sure that Christmas will be brighter for those less fortunate.

The Salvation Army in Wisbech has for many years been providing a Christmas in Box, which includes food and presents, for Fenland families who are on the poverty line.

A rise in the need for these parcels has been seen by the branch over the last three years, which started off with 37 parcels and has risen to 110.

The appeal has been boosted by four bin liners of toys which were collected by Morgan and Mia Charles, aged seven and five respectively, during a Halloween themed party in Upwell Village Hall.

Their proud mum Siobhan, who also has two-year-old Mason, said: “They wanted to host a Halloween party and made the decision to ask people to bring gifts to donate to the appeal.

“It was a really nice feeling being able to take the toys to the branch.”

Territorial envoy Russell Day has thanked the girls for their generosity.

He said: “Their idea and generosity outstrips their age. They made my day more than you can ever believe.

“We are so overjoyed and proud of them.”

The branch is putting out an appeal for food and toys to support families in need.

Each year, they provide meat, vegetables, sweets, biscuits, long life milk, cereals, juice, along with crackers and toys to ensure the families have a decent Christmas.

The branch is appealing for donations of money to go towards the costs of the meat, along with toys. Mr Day has asked for no direct donations of meat.

Last year the branch was short of presents suitable for teenage boys and under threes.

Mr Day said: “Every year we are so grateful and blown away by the kindness of the people of Fenland.

“The sad reality is that the need to support these families goes up and up.”

If you would like to make a donation drop it into the Salvation Army shop in Wisbech.

Alternatively Co-op Travel in Wisbech is also acting as a drop-off point for toys.