Appeal brought smiles to faces and tears to eyes

Christmas presents under a tree. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Christmas presents under a tree. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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We wish to say a huge thank you from the Salvation Army to all who played a part in our Annual Toy Appeal 2013.

Firstly, thank you to the Editor of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times for allowing us space to launch and promote the appeal. We value your support.

Big thanks go to Katie Hammond who, as always, is tireless in her efforts to encourage the public to get behind us to support those in need. Katie is a joy to work with

We also wish to thank Skipton Building Society for offering space in their office, creating a very attractive corner as a reception point for people wishing to drop off toys.

Thank you Ann, and staff. You played a big part in accommodating our appeal. We appreciate your help.

And, of course, we are indebted to the people of Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley who, by their generosity and kindness, enabled us to provide for 188 children whose Christmas was transformed by the amazing gifts they received. How blessed we are to live in a Valley with such a commitment to community. Together we make a huge difference to people’s lives at a time of vulnerability, anxiety and depression.

There were mothers with tears in their eyes, and expressions of thanks on their lips when they received their parcel of gifts.

To everyone who kindly donated in cash and kind, to the volunteers who put up the parcels and delivered them, to those who collected the toys from their reception point and delivered them to Santa’s magic grotto, to those who advertised and promoted the appeal - on behalf of the recipients we say God bless you for giving your time and resources to bring big smiles to the faces of children and parents in need.

Thank you also the the Hospital Chef and Catering Staff who provided a beautifully cooked meal for our Christmas Day Lunch, and to the volunteers who collected the meal, served it, washed up, and entertained our guests. You too brought joy and pleasure to those who needed it on Christmas Day.

Last but not least, a vote of thanks to the Mayor of Clitheroe, Councillor Kevin Horkin and Mayoress Mrs Wendy Smith for visiting our guests on Christmas Day, and making them feel valued. Your visit was much appreciated.

Our tenth Toy Appeal was an awesome success, thanks to those who made it possible.

Elizabeth Smith (Captain) and Brenda Wise (Territorial Envoy),

Clitheroe Salvation Army