Northants Telegraph launches annual Christmas gift appeal

Some of the toys donated to a previous Northants Telegraph gift appeal
Some of the toys donated to a previous Northants Telegraph gift appeal

The Northamptonshire Telegraph has launched its annual appeal for toys and gifts to help make Christmas better for disadvantaged children in the north of the county.

Over the years thousands of people have donated thousands of gifts that have brightened the lives of children across our part of the county on Christmas morning.

Many of these children would receive nothing on Christmas Day if it was not for the generosity of our readers.

So, we are once again, appealing for your help.

We need brand new, unwrapped toys or gifts for a wide range of age groups.

The gifts and toys will be collected by members of the county council’s social services team, who will ensure they go to the right children.

People can drop there gifts off at the Telegraph offices in Kettering.

Wellingborough Museum staff have once again agreed to collect toys from people and, for the first time, Corby Council has agreed to allow Corby Cube to be a drop-off point for the items.

All toys and gifts should be at the venues by 5pm on Thursday, December 11.

This will allow enough time for them to be collected and then distributed to the children concerned.

Northants Telegraph editor Neil Pickford said:

“The Northamptonshire Telegraph Christmas Gift Appeal has become a real tradition in this part of the county and we have already had a number of readers make contact to ask us when this year’s appeal was being launched.

“I’m delighted to say that it is up and running and we fully expect it to be as successful as in previous years.

“We are, of course, very grateful to Robert Wharton and his team at Wellingborough Museum for allowing the museum to be used as a drop-off point again.

“We are also delighted that Corby Council has offered to allow Corby Cube reception to be a drop-off point in that part of the county.

“It remains an unfortunate reality that there is a significant number of children in the county who need the help and support of the social services team for a large number of reasons.

“We hope that our appeal, and the generosity of our readers will go some way to making this Christmas slightly better for some of the those youngsters.

Anyone who wants to find out more about the appeal can contact the Telegraph news team on 01536 506100.