Helping hand for gift appeal

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The Telegraph’s annual gift appeal has been given a helping hand by Nene Valley Community Action which has offered to be a collection point for donations in Rushden.

Last year the appeal brought Christmas joy to more than 1,000 disadvantaged children and young people in the county.

Following the closure of the Telegraph’s Rushden office, Nene Valley Community Action has stepped in and is welcoming donations of gifts at its premises at 7, West Street, in the town.

Debbie Moore, its community development officer, said: “We are very happy to be a collection point for the appeal. The reason we exist is to support the community and the voluntary sector and so we welcome the chance to support this worthwhile appeal.”

Donations of new gifts for tots up to teenagers can be handed in at West Street between 9.30am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Gifts can also be donated to the appeal at Wellingborough Museum, Castle Way, from 10am until 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and at the Telegraph’s offices in Kettering and Corby.

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.”

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.