Christmas toy appeal under way

The Hebden Bridge Christmas Toy Appeal 2015, which benefits families in need throughout the upper valley towns, is under way
The Hebden Bridge Christmas Toy Appeal 2015, which benefits families in need throughout the upper valley towns, is under way

The popular Hebden Bridge Annual Christmas Toy Appeal which provides toys for needy and less well-off families in the upper valley is launched this week and is once again to be organised and housed at the award winning Ground Floor Project in Hebden Bridge.

Now in its 23rd year, more than 4,400 disadvantaged families have benefited from the appeal since it was set up By Ground Floor Project in 1992 - with children up to 16 years of age of families on limited income and benefits such as income support, housing benefit, employment support allowance and universal benefits, receiving toys and gifts that have been donated by local people and businesses.

Ground Floor/Salem Community Centre and Toy Appeal co-ordinator Les Siddall said: “Each year we call on the generosity of the local people and businesses of the upper valley to donate good quality toys, gifts, and even cash to buy new gifts, that we can then distribute to the children of those families in need of assistance at this time of the year.

“Our community has many families that are facing real hardship. To make the toy appeal yet another great success what we need is the usual generosity of the upper valley people in donating toys, gifts and cash donations to enable us to buy new gifts.

“Toys should be in good as new condition or new. In the past there have been far too many cuddly toys so we would ask donors to try and avoid donating too many of these.

“By far the hardest group to cater for are teenage boys and girls, so I particularly appeal for gifts for youngsters between 13 and 16 years old.”

Donated toys/gifts or cash may now be left with Les Siddall at Ground Floor Project, Salem Community Centre, Central Street, Hebden Bridge, telephone 01422 844991 on any Monday to Friday between 9am and 2pm. The last day to make donations will be Friday, December 11.

If you are resident in the Luddenden Foot, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden areas receiving any of the qualifying benefits and have children, or care for children who live with you, up to 16 years of age and you wish to apply to receive toys/gifts you may register by contacting Les Siddall on any Monday to Friday between 9am to 2pm, bringing with you proof of your benefit entitlements. The last day to make such applications will be Friday, December 11.

The distribution of the toys and gifts will be made at Salem Community Resource Centre during the day on Tuesday, December 15, and Wednesday, December 16.