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Festive joy needed more than ever for Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal

Sefton’s Mayor, Cllr June Burns, is urging as many people as possible to help spread a little festive joy with this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal.

Each year thousands of toys, gifts and stocking fillers are lovingly donated by kind-hearted residents, Sefton Council staff, partners and community groups to put a smile on the faces of Sefton’s children.

After a year quite like no other, there will be many families across the Borough who will receive gifts that will make all the difference and bring them some Christmas cheer.

Due to the current national COVID restrictions in place, the safety of Sefton’s communities is a priority. However, donations can still be made in the following ways:

  • Purchased online and sent to the following delivery address:
    • Sefton Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle L20 7AE
  • Dropped off at the in-store donation point at Asda Central 12 in Southport

All gift donations, which must be brand new and unwrapped, are gratefully appreciated. Presents could include toys, pyjamas, slippers and hat & scarf sets for children of all ages.

Donations of gift cards and toiletries are especially welcome for older children and teenagers.

People need to send their donations by Tuesday 22nd December 2020 in time to be sent out for Christmas Day.

This year monetary donations can also be made on Sefton’s Crowdfunding platform, donations can be for as little as £2, and all contributions will be used to buy gifts for the Toy appeal. Donations can be made online up until Tuesday 1st December here: www.spacehive.com/mayors-christmas-toy-appeal

Volunteers from Sefton Council, following COVID guidelines, will then distribute all presents to children and young people, throughout the Borough on behalf of the Mayor.

Cllr Burns said: “I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Sefton during last year’s appeal and every year we see thousands of donations given to the annual Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal.

“We can all empathise with one another that 2020 has thrown a lot our way, and Christmas will feel very different for us all. So, this year it’s more important than ever for us to give what we can for others. People might not realise that a small gesture could go a long way to making this year special for Sefton’s children and families.

“We’re looking for donations for all ages, be that babies right through to teenagers, and we ask that gifts are new and unwrapped so that the right gift can be shared with the right child. We also welcome gift vouchers and smaller stocking fillers as well.

“We’ve seen incredible gestures of kindness and self-sacrifice right throughout the health crisis, and I know that we can count on our communities across Sefton to pull together once again this Christmas. I urge as many people as possible to get involved and donate a present!”

For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal call or text the Mayor’s Office 07837 863075 or visit www.sefton.gov.uk/toyappeal