Launch of Christmas Toy Appeal

Clitheroe Salvation Army envoy Brenda Wise (left) along with Clitheroe Advertiser reporter Katie Hammond and children at Ribblesdale Children's Centre launch the annual toy appeal.'Photo Ben Parsons

Clitheroe Salvation Army envoy Brenda Wise (left) along with Clitheroe Advertiser reporter Katie Hammond and children at Ribblesdale Children's Centre launch the annual toy appeal.'Photo Ben Parsons

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Today see the launch of the eighth annual Christmas Toy Appeal by The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times and our local branch of the Salvation Army.

This year, we are hoping our generous readers and the wider community can help us out, once again, to make the appeal the most successful to date and deliver presents to deserving children throughout Clitheroe and the surrounding villages.

Captain Elizabeth Smith, of the Clitheroe branch of The Salvation Army, commented: “This year more than ever we’re hoping for a great response as the need for toys is greater than ever before. The financial climate means more families than ever are struggling and in need of our help and we want to be able to deliver toys to every single child that needs them.

“We have been truly astounded over the years at your readers’ generosity and we never fail to be touched by individuals, as well as businesses, who go out of their way to help.

“This year, we have already had an elderly gentleman come in with a large selection of the best quality toys and games and he told us he had been saving all year to buy them and deliver them to us in good time for Christmas.”

The aim of the appeal is simple: we want to provide brand new presents for children of all ages, from babies to teenagers, so that they have something to open on Christmas morning. We will be grateful for gifts large and small and most importantly, you can make the difference this Christmas to a child who really deserves your help.

Presents can be left at The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times office at 3 King Street, or taken to The Salvation Army charity shop in Lowergate, from now until Saturday, December 17th.