Give generously to our Christmas gift appeal

The toys collected for last year's gift appeal
The toys collected for last year's gift appeal

Our Christmas gift appeal has been launched to help bring festive cheer to disadvantaged youngsters.

Thousands of children across the north of the county have been helped by generous readers in previous years, something the appeal’s organisers hope will be replicated this time around.

The appeal for books and board games, toys and teddies runs until Friday, December 13, with the presents being delivered the following Monday, after they are all gathered together at the William Knibb Centre in Kettering.

Jeanette Walsh, personal advisor at the leaving care team at Northamptonshire County Council, who is in charge of distributing the gifts, said people’s generosity was always overwhelming each time the appeal was run.

She said: “I have done this appeal for the last 10 years.

“I have to say I am always just absolutely amazed at the response.

“I was brought up in care, so I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a gift.”

She also said the presents donated all had to be brand new and preferably unwrapped – so they can be given to youngsters who would enjoy them the most – and said the appeal sometimes struggled to find enough gifts for teenagers.

“The need is always great,” she added.

“As ever, I am grateful that people keep on giving.”

The county council works alongside 2,000 families with children in need, and there are as many as 5,000 children the appeal would like to help.

Gifts can be dropped off at the Telegraph’s offices in Rothwell Road, Kettering, or Elizabeth Street, Corby.

They can also be handed in at the offices of Connect FM in Headlands, Kettering.

Telegraph editor Neil Pickford said: “Any gifts people are generous enough to give will help brighten up Christmas for youngsters in the county.

“We are extremely grateful to those who donate to the appeal.”