2,000 toys donated to our Christmas Toy Appeal

Oliver (7), Thomas (9) and Matthew Brooks-Silcock (10) are pictured in Costa Coffe with manager Brenda Smith and Vic Gebbie and Lorraine O'Niell from the Salvation Army for the Toy Appeal. G151211/6
Oliver (7), Thomas (9) and Matthew Brooks-Silcock (10) are pictured in Costa Coffe with manager Brenda Smith and Vic Gebbie and Lorraine O'Niell from the Salvation Army for the Toy Appeal. G151211/6

THE spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the hearts of Burnley Express readers!

For this year you have made the annual Burnley Express and Salvation Army Toy Appeal bigger and better than ever by donating almost 2,000 toys that will help to bring a huge smile to the faces of 704 children on Christmas morning.

People from all walks of life have donated to the appeal that just seems to get better and better each year. The appeal is co-ordinated by Maj. Lorraine O’Neill of the Salvation Army and over the past couple of weeks she has been rushed off her feet collecting the gifts and wrapping them ready to hand over. Around 300 families will receive gifts for their children after Maj.O’Neill was contacted by 16 local agencies who deal with families in need.

She said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated to the Toy Appeal. Once again people in Burnley and Padiham have shown their generosity and kindness. I would also like to thank the Burnley Express because we couldn’t do this without the paper’s help.’’

Along with the Express office, the town’s Asda store and Costa Coffee based in Tesco acted as collecting agents and this year Matalan in Accrington joined our campaign thanks to requests from customers who read the Burnley Express.

Burnley Express editor Chris Daggett said: “The people of Burnley and Padiham never let us down and once again in 2011 they have done us proud with the Toy Appeal. Times are hard for a lot of families but they have still found the time and money to buy an extra gift that will be very much appreciated.

“Thank you to everyone who supported our Toy Appeal.”