Families thank readers for Gift Appeal toys

Carol Selling, Michelle Tracy and Claire Fidler
Carol Selling, Michelle Tracy and Claire Fidler

The team of people who give out the presents readers donated as part of the Telegraph’s 2012 Gift Appeal have thanked people for their generosity.

Jeanette Walsh, who has co-ordinated the appeal for 10 years, received lots of feedback from families who received our readers’ generous donations and the team that works with them.

One team member said: “I would like to thank all those who donated Christmas presents. We work with a number of families who struggle financially particularly at this time of year.

“Overall there are no words that can truly describe the kindness of the people/organisations who have donated the presents but I can say they brought a lot of happiness to a number of children and parents who may well have been facing a very different Christmas.

Another said: “I have been working with a family who wanted me to express their total gratitude for the donation of gifts for their children.

“I cannot express the delight on the parents’ faces when they saw what the social worker was able to bring towards their children’s Christmas from the much needed generosity of the companies and people that kindly offered the gifts. As a professional I would like to say a sincere thank you too.”

Hundreds of gifts were donated by readers and a team of volunteers from Northamptonshire County Council’s social services team divided the gifts, which included books, games and soft toys, into different age groups. They were delivered to children and teenagers in time for Christmas.

Jeanette added: “Your gifts made a huge difference.”