Council’s Christmas gift appeal raises thousands in donations

THOUSANDS of items have been donated to St Helens Borough Council’s Christmas Gift Appeal.

Local residents, businesses and organizations across the county have contributed to the council’s appeal to ensure disadvantaged families have a special Christmas.

A generous amount of donations were made, including gifts and food baskets for families in need.

The appeal started in 2010 for children under the age of 21 to not receive gifts on Christmas Day and has since received tens of thousands of donations from a nonprofit community.

More than 600 gift bags were created this year, with around £6,500 being donated towards item purchases.

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The food baskets were funded by the City Council’s HAF program in conjunction with the children’s charity KIND.

Organizations such as Brendon International, Torus, NGF Europe, Bold Skips, Ventrix, Communications Plus, Bookers, Nijman/Zeetank, Knauf Insulation and the Chain Lane Community Center have contributed.

Following the sudden death of Carole Hudson, former Chair of St Helens Borough Council, in November 2019, the fundraiser is now linked to Carole’s name as a legacy of her work with children and young people.

This year’s donations have now been bundled and basketed by a group of volunteers including St Helens Council Chair David Baines and Councilor Nova Charlton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People who have helped with donations.

Councilor Charlton said: “The generosity of our district never ceases to amaze me.

“St Helens residents, businesses and organizations are known for coming together to support those less fortunate during difficult times, and you need only look here to see what we’ve raised for this year’s fundraiser to support that commitment still comes at a time when most of us are feeling the pinch during a cost of living crisis.

“A special thanks to Tracy Sexton, the gift call organizer, who does an amazing job year after year; to all the volunteers who give their time to ensure all donations are packaged and ready for shipment on time – and of course to everyone who has contributed to the appeal in the true spirit of our St Helens Together ethos which encompasses our approach, help and Providing support where it is most needed in the district.

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