Give a little for deserving children

The Sea Life Centre in Blackpool has donated several sacksful of cuddly toys for the Gazette-backed Give a Little campaign for Christmas presents. Pictured L-R: General Manager Jenn Newton, Sharky and Myke Bell.

The Sea Life Centre in Blackpool has donated several sacksful of cuddly toys for the Gazette-backed Give a Little campaign for Christmas presents. Pictured L-R: General Manager Jenn Newton, Sharky and Myke Bell.

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IT is the season for goodwill and giving. Nowhere is this more evident than in collection points around Blackpool for this year’s Give A Little, Help A Lot scheme.

Generous Gazette readers and local businesses have been donating gifts to share with families who might otherwise go without this year.

But there is always room for more under the tree, so if you have not yet done your Christmas shopping why not put one extra present on the list?

The Give A Little scheme asks people to donate a toy, teddy or selection box - whatever you think will put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.

The Gazette has joined forces with Blackpool Council to promote the scheme for a second year.

Coun Fred Jackson, deputy leader at the town hall, said: “We are so grateful to already be receiving donations at our collection points, but with just two weeks left to give we hope to see the continued support and generosity of people in the town.”

Sea Life Centre Blackpool has already donated dozens of dolphin toys.

Coun Chris Maughan, cabinet member for younger people at Blackpool Council, said: “This is a fantastic gesture by Sea Life and we’re delighted to see the generosity of people in the town, let’s hope it continues.”

Last year 1,000 children benefited from more than £50,000 worth of gifts, experiences and donations.

Items which can be donated include toys, games, books and puzzles, toiletries gift sets, clothing and festive food such as selection boxes.

People are asked to leave any gifts unwrapped.

Items which cannot be used are second hand toys, games, books or clothes, anything not in original packaging, perishable food or store-cupboard items.

The deadline for donations 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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