Festive gift

Joshua Hollingdrake and Sherwyn Camy with early Christmas presents at Brian House for launch of Presents of Mind Appeal
Joshua Hollingdrake and Sherwyn Camy with early Christmas presents at Brian House for launch of Presents of Mind Appeal
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A LITTLE gift can go a long way...

A LITTLE gift can go a long way...

Can you help make a difference to the lives of ill children?

Christmas came early at Brian House Children’s Hospice in Bispham, when one of their favourite TV characters, Thomas the Tank Engine came to visit – together with Father Christmas – to help launch The Gazette’s annual Presents of Mind appeal.

The festive campaign asks local people to donate an extra special gift this Christmas to help the Bispham-based charity, which provides a lifeline for families of very poorly children.

Thomas The Tank is a special friend of the Rotary Club of Poulton, and teamed up with Father Christmas to meet some of the disabled and seriously ill youngsters who use Brian House, and let everyone in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre know what they can do to help.

The Rotary Club of Poulton have always been big supporters of Brian House and Trinity Hospice.

Eve readers are being asked to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts, or alternatively spare a few pounds to buy an extra Christmas gift and donate them to the Presents of Mind appeal in aid of Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Lisa Martin, community fundraiser for Brian House and Trinity Hospice, said: “From gift sets, clothes, toys and books to toiletries, all your gifts will be put to good use.

“The majority will be sold in our shops across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre with every penny raised going towards developing the services provided at Brian House which cares for local children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

“The whole concept of Presents of Mind is one huge present for Brian House.

“Over the last four years, we have managed to raise more than £20,000.

“It may be optimistic to try to beat our fantastic efforts from previous years, but with your generosity we can try.”

Last year’s campaign – backed by former Emmerdale actress and Dancing on Ice Hayley Tamaddon – raised more than £5,000 to help the hospice continue its high level of care.

Local people are asked to drop off their presents at one of several collection points:

* Blackpool Fire Station

* Blackpool Police Station, Bonny Street – enquiry desk

* McDonald estate agents

* All Trinity Hospice Shops

* Karen Taylors, Thornton

* Trinity Hospice itself – reception areas

For more information about Presents of Mind, call the fundraising team on (01253) 359362.