Still time to donate to our gift appeal

Mark Jeeves and Liz Rhodes from Connect FM
Mark Jeeves and Liz Rhodes from Connect FM
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Generous donations to the Telegraph’s annual Christmas Gift Appeal, which has entered its final week, are still being made.

The appeal has received the backing of Kettering-based radio station Connect FM.

And there is still enough time for you to join those who have helped bring some festive cheer to disadvantaged youngsters.

The appeal runs until the end of next week, with people being urged to give what they can to help those who would not otherwise receive a present this Christmas.

Presents handed in to any of the four collection points situated in Wellingborough, Kettering or Corby will be handed out from Monday, December 16.

Mark Jeeves, a presenter at Connect FM, said: “This is a really good way for people to be able to contribute.

“People want to help at Christmas but sometimes they are not sure of the best way. It’s really easy for them to do it – it’s a great initiative. People have always been really generous.

“We are all getting very excited about Christmas, which is great, but we want to think about those kids who won’t have such a good time.”

Mr Jeeves, who co-hosts Connect FM’s breakfast show – alongside his fiancée Liz Rhodes – said all people had to do was to buy one extra present with the rest of their Christmas shopping before taking it along to one of the drop-off centres in the north of the county.

He added: “This is something that you can practically do, won’t cost people a lot of money but will make a difference.”

The Northamptonshire Telegraph’s editor Neil Pickford said he was very pleased with the response to the appeal.

He said: “The Telegraph has organised the gift appeal for many years now, and we are always amazed and delighted to see the response from our readers.

“Once again we have been astonished at the number of gifts donated.

“Those who have kindly given will be making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged youngsters this Christmas.”

Organisers have requested that any gifts donated to the appeal are brand new and preferably unwrapped, to ensure they can be assigned to those children for whom they would be most appropriate.

Where to take your gifts

Any presents or gifts which you want to donate to the Christmas appeal can be dropped off at the Telegraph’s offices in Rothwell Road, Kettering, or in Elizabeth Street, Corby.

Connect FM, at 55 Headlands in Kettering, is also accepting donations, as is Wellingborough Museum in Castle Way.

You have until Friday, December 13, to get your presents in.

After that, the gifts will all be taken to the William Knibb Centre in Kettering before being distributed to worthy causes by Jeanette Walsh, personal advisor at the leaving care team at Northamptonshire County Council.