Help our needy children this Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

We’re launching the 17th Burnley and Padiham Express and Salvation Army annual Christmas Toy Appeal.

Christmas Toy Appeal

Christmas Toy Appeal

With just over five weeks to go before the big day, we are asking kind-hearted readers to pop an extra present on their list for needy children across the borough.

The generous folk of Burnley and Padiham always rally for the appeal and last year donated a staggering 1,788 gifts that made Christmas morning magical for 609 children. The appeal will run until Friday, December 13th, and we are asking for donations of toys and gifts for children, from birth to teenagers. Express editor Mr Chris Daggett said: “Every year our readers support this appeal and it is their generosity and good will which makes it such a success.

“We are honoured to work with the Salvation Army to make Christmas special for so many children.”

Toys, books and games are welcome but they must be brand new. Electrical items and DVDs are not suitable. The appeal struggles for items for teenagers so gifts of toiletry sets, novelty games and books suitable for older children would be welcome.

The gifts do not need to be wrapped but we would like donations of large black bin bags. Drop-off points for toys include the Burnley Express office in Bull Street, the Asda store in Princess Way and Costa Coffee inside Tesco, Burnley.

You can also drop off gifts at the Tesco store in Wyre Street, Padiham. The toys are distributed through agencies in town and they being asked to contact Lieutenant Maisie Veacock at the Salvation Army as soon as possible so they can be included in this year’s distribution of gifts.

She can be contacted on 01282 415840 or email