Collect children’s toys for annual Christmas appeal

Les Siddall and Samantha Binns with Christmas toy appeal goodies donated last year
Les Siddall and Samantha Binns with Christmas toy appeal goodies donated last year

The ever popular Hebden Bridge Annual Christmas Toy Appeal is returning to the upper Calder Valley, providing toys for less well-off families.

The appeal, which was launched this week, is organised and housed at the award winning Ground Floor Project, based at the Salem Community Centre, Hebden Bridge.

Now in its 21st year, the appeal is once again supported by the Hebden Bridge Times and Todmorden News.

Over 3,700 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 living with families on limited income and benefits - such as income support, housing benefit, income based job seekers allowance, employment support allowance and now universal benefits - receiving toys and gifts donated by local people and businesses.

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.

“We would also ask the local schools and churches to again help by collecting toys and gifts. Toys should be in good as new condition or new.”

Donated toys/gifts or cash can be left with Les Siddall or Samantha Binns at Salem Community Centre on any Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. The last day to make donations will be Friday, December 13.