Give a less fortunate child a gift this Christmas with Wigan toy appeal

A Wigan community organisation has launched a Christmas toy appeal to help those who would otherwise have to go without.

Friday, 20th November 2020, 3:32 pm
Updated Friday, 20th November 2020, 3:36 pm
Bryn Coun Steve Jones with volunteer Michelle Thomson and operations manager Ben Charlton at Bryn Support Centre, launch their Christmas Toy Appeal.

Bryn Support Centre has set up the operation to support parents struggling to make ends meet due to the coronavirus crisis get presents for their children.

The initiative has already seen a number of donations of books, toys and dolls made to the centre which only opened in July.

Bryn councillor, Steve Jones, who set-up the centre with his partner Courtney Bampton and the help of the community, said he felt it was important to make sure everyone has a good Christmas and that nobody is forced to go without.

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The support centre offers cheap food to people living in Bryn and Ashton such as bread, milk, vegetables, turkey and ham and non-perishable goods including pasta and tinned foods

He said: “We’ve started getting Christmas presents already.

“Books, toys and dolls have been given to us by people.

“This appeal is for families struggling in Bryn due to what’s going on with the coronavirus situation and who will be struggling to get Christmas presents for their children.

“It’s all about giving something back and providing some cheer so everyone has a good Christmas as nobody should go without.”

As part of the appeal, children have been asked to design a poster to bring into the support centre, with all youngsters receiving a sweet treat.

The winner of the competition will get a prize and have their poster printed and displayed in the area.

Coun Jones said: “There’s not much for the children to do during lockdown so we are running this competition.

“Every child who brings a poster in for the competition will get a sweet treat and then we will pick a winner who will win a prize and also have their poster printed and displayed in the local area.”

The closing date for the competition is this Friday, November 20.

People should write the name of the child, age and parents contact number on the back of the poster.