Express Xmas toy appeal smashes all records!

Christine Hunt, Lt Maisie Veacock and Janet Raven with a selection of toys donated for this years Toy Appeal.
Christine Hunt, Lt Maisie Veacock and Janet Raven with a selection of toys donated for this years Toy Appeal.

This year’s Burnley Express Toy Appeal has smashed all records!

Readers have donated a staggering 2,400 toys and gifts that 600 needy children across the borough will wake up to on Christmas morning.

Lt Maisie Veacock with Janet Raven and Christine Hunt with a selection of toys donated for this years Toy Appeal.

Lt Maisie Veacock with Janet Raven and Christine Hunt with a selection of toys donated for this years Toy Appeal.

Everything from dolls and teddy bears to games, books and chocolate treats flooded into our offices in Bull Street and also collection points at Costa Coffee in Tesco, Burnley and the town’s Asda store.

Run with the Salvation Army, the appeal always touches the heart of families in Burnley and Padiham who always bob an extra gift on their shopping lists. Express Editor Mr Chris Daggett thanked everyone for making the appeal another great success.

He said: “The generosity of people, particularly when times are hard for everyone, is touching and heart warming. The appeal has become a long standing tradition that our readers never fail to support and their kindness makes Christmas morning magical for so many children.’’

The mammoth task of collecting and distributing the gifts has been carried out by Lieutenant Maisie Veacock and a team of volunteers from the Salvation Army.

Lt Veacock said: “Ths year we have received some fantastic gifts and we are so grateful to everyone who made a donation.’’