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Gifts gather for children

Coun Fred Jackson, Pam Jackson and Coun Chris Maughan hand over gifts to Blackpool Council

Coun Fred Jackson, Pam Jackson and Coun Chris Maughan hand over gifts to Blackpool Council

  • by Katie Upton
 

THIS haul of goodies shows the Give A Little campaign is fast gathering momentum.

The gifts were contributed by Blackpool Council’s Labour group, which gave the charity scheme’s founder £100 to spend on treats.

Pamela Jackson, wife of deputy leader of the council Fred Jackson, established the campaign last year to share the magic of Christmas with children across Blackpool.

And shopping for gifts this year reminded her why she dreamt up the scheme.

She said: “I think it’s so marvellous for children who wouldn’t normally receive a gift.

“It’s important we carry it on as the need is much greater this year.”

Mrs Jackson bought a selection of gifts for children and teenagers, including toys, games and a beauty voucher for a young woman.

She added: “Last year I had it laid on my heart we had to do something. At first I thought it was too big a task but then I realised we could do it.

“People and businesses have been so generous, it’s so very kind of them. The task is immense but we’re doing something wonderful.”

Last year £50,000 of gifts, experiences and donations helped make Christmas for 1,000 children.

The Gazette has again teamed up with Blackpool Council to ask residents to donate a gift to deliver Christmas cheer to Blackpool’s children.

Items which can be donated include toys, games, books, puzzles, toiletries gift sets, and clothing. The deadline is Monday, December 10.

COLLECTION POINTS

Municipal Reception (Corporation Street)

Progress House (Clifton Road)

Layton Depot (Plymouth Road)

The Solaris (New South Promenade)

The City Learning Centre (Bathurst Avenue)

The Enterprise Centre (Lytham Road)

The Gazette offices (Avroe Crescent)

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