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Last chance to give gift of joy

The Winter Gardens Trust presenting gifts to the Give A Little campaign. Left to right, Pamela Jackson, Coun Fred Jackson, Mayor of Blackpool Coum Sylvia Taylor and Carl Carrington of the Winter Gardens Trust with the Christmas Belles carol singers.

The Winter Gardens Trust presenting gifts to the Give A Little campaign. Left to right, Pamela Jackson, Coun Fred Jackson, Mayor of Blackpool Coum Sylvia Taylor and Carl Carrington of the Winter Gardens Trust with the Christmas Belles carol singers.

  • by Katie Upton
 

SOME have given a little, some have given a lot. And now it is your last chance this year to help hand a needy child a Christmas present they will remember forever.

Today is the final day donations can be handed in for the Gazette-backed Give a Little – Help a Lot campaign to ensure every child in Blackpool gets a richly deserved gift under their tree come December 25.

The council-run initiative was the brainchild of Coun Fred Jackson and his wife Pam and last year raised £50,000 of cash and presents to make sure the most needy children in the resort got to enjoy the special day.

This week dozens of people brought a present to the Winter Gardens Trust’s Christmas party to donate to poorer kids in the town who would otherwise go without.

The event involved – named Tea with the Trust – involved tea, cakes and carols and a giant Christmas tree placed in the famous heritage building.

Festive revellers were invited to leave a package under the huge tree to be passed on to the campaign.

And Coun Chris Maughan, Blackpool Council cabinet member for young people, told The Gazette: “The generosity from everybody again this year for Give a Little has been exceptional.

“As well as selfless individuals donating presents, we have also had local businesses and organisations taking place.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Winter Gardens Trust for hosting this event and helping out Blackpool’s young people this Christmas.

“I hope people continue giving to the campaign, especially in the last few days and every present donated makes a big difference to local family in Blackpool.”

There is still time for people to donate to the campaign, with today the deadline for handing in presents.

Gifts should be donated new and unwrapped and can be dropped off at Blackpool Council buildings and at The Gazette offices in South Shore.

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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