Toy appeal is still on, just smaller

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A popular Christmas toy appeal has had to be significantly scaled down because of a staffing shortage.

People can still donate gifts for the Hebden Bridge Christmas Toy Appeal, supported by the Hebden Bridge Times and Todmorden News, but only the most deprived will benefit this year.

Organiser Les Siddall, chairman of the Ground Floor Project, said: “It will not be running in the same way, but the most deserving causes will be receiving toys.

“I have looked at the records from last year and identified the people who are most in need. There are some people who are really badly off and those people - the deserving woman and children in the area - are the ones who are going to be receiving gifts.”

Mr Siddall said this was the first time in 21 years that the charity had been able to run its Christmas Toy Appeal in full, but said it would definitely be back next year.

“The reason we’re unable to do it in full this year is because of a total lack of staff,” he said. “Whilst we have a lot of volunteers they are working within other spheres of the organisation, such as the cafe.

“People can still bring in toys and we will distribute them as normal, but it will just be on a much smaller scale.”

Mr Siddall said gifts had already been received from the Todmorden Food Bank, which will specifically be given to families in Todmorden, and a cash donation was made from the Basement Project in Halifax.

Donated toys/gifts or cash can be left with Les Siddall at Salem Community Centre, Salem Street, Hebden Bridge, on any Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.