Museum steps in to boost gift appeal for disadvantaged children

The toy appeal collection last year
The toy appeal collection last year

Staff at Wellingborough Museum have exhibited the true spirit of Christmas by offering to receive donations for the Telegraph’s annual gift appeal for disadvantaged children.

With Christmas just around the corner, the Telegraph, in connection with Connect FM, has launched the appeal which aims to make it a magical festive season for hundreds of young people across the county.

Following the closure of the Telegraph’s Wellingborough office, residents who want to support the appeal can now drop their donations off at the town’s museum in Castle Way, near The Castle theatre.

Robert Wharton, of the museum, said: “The gift appeal is a wonderful project which is held each year by the Telegraph and we are very happy to support it.

“We will be receiving donations at our Christmas display in the museum cafe. The appeal is a tremendous way to support young people who are disadvantaged and it’s a very deserving cause.”

The museum is open from 10am until 4.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Last year a mountain of gifts was handed out to more than 1,000 children and teenagers and we’re hoping the appeal will be just as successful this time.

Jeanette Walsh from the county’s adoption unit, said: “I just can’t stress how important the gift appeal is to children and young people in the county who are disadvantaged for many different reasons. It makes a massive difference.

“Year after year the generosity of people who support the appeal amazes me.

“Even though, in recent years, things have been tight for everyone, readers have continued to support the gift appeal.

“Their generosity is astounding and they are all fantastic. It’s a joy to see the faces of parents when we deliver the gifts.

“Sometimes there can be five or six children in the family and they are always so grateful for people’s kindness.”

The appeal closes on December 16 when all the gifts collected are taken to the William Knibb Centre in Kettering ready to be sorted on December 17 and delivered in plenty of time for Christmas morning.

By donating a gift, you can make this festive season a special time for children and young people who would otherwise be facing a bleak Christmas.

Telegraph editor Neil Pickford said: “We’re launching the appeal again this year to help children in a less fortunate position than most of us.

“Times may be tough for us all but if we can all donate that extra gift to the appeal we can bring smiles to the faces of so many children. Last year we had thousands of presents to give out, I hope we can do exactly the same again this year.”

HSS Hire in Kettering is also backing the appeal again.