TAMESIDE’S community is doing its bit for those less fortunate by backing toy appeals.
Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club has extended its own good cause after a successful introduction last year.
And Stalybridge car dealer Steve Pearson has set up a point where people can donate to Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas appeal.
The Rotary fund was boosted by an ‘every ticket a winner’ tombola held at Hyde market that was a huge hit – raising more than £260, which will be spent on getting new toys for it.
Dukinfeld and Stalybridge Rotary Club member and Project Leader Brenda Hawkins explained: “The 2020 Toy Appeal started when one of our members, Councillor Jan Jackson, was contacted by a local school.
“Over recent years this school had supported the families of a few of their pupils where financial circumstances meant that they could not afford Christmas gifts by providing some small
“However, during the pandemic, the number of families experiencing financial hardship increased significantly and the school hadn’t the resources to support the numbers of children who needed gifts, so they contacted Jan to see if there was any further help available.
“The club members unanimously decided to support this cause, rallying round to collect unwanted toys from friends and family, purchasing toys to donate, and leafleting locally to increase the numbers of donated toys and gifts to distribute.
“And the project was a great success, collecting sufficient toys and gifts to support all the local schools who asked for our help.
“Our ambition in 2021 is to extend our reach so we can meet the growing need in Tameside.We’ve contacted primary schools in Stalybridge and Dukinfield who have identified the children and families who need our help.
“We’re once again running the appeal for donations of new and unwanted new toys and gifts suitable for young children.
“And we’re on track to achieve our ambition and help even more struggling families.”
Steve Pearson Car Sales, based on Acres Lane, has also set itself up for the Mission Christmas event, like it did last year – and the more cars they sell, the more they will donate.
As Steve said: “The trees are up and people can come in and leave their donations.
“Last year we all absolutely smashed it. Thanks to people’s generosity, thousands of children were able to open a present last Christmas morning.
“We are once again very privileged and proud to be selected as a drop off point for Hits Radio Mission Christmas Cash for Kids!
“And for every car sold between now and Christmas, we will donate some toys to put under our tree, ready to donate to this fantastic cause.
“Lets all come together this Christmas and really make a difference in our community.”