Giving a little back

The Gazette and Blackpool Council are joining forces to provide Christmas presents for needy children.

The Gazette and Blackpool Council are joining forces to provide Christmas presents for needy children.

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THE resort’s young people are leading the way to help provide a better Christmas for less fortunate children.

Blackpool Young People’s Council (BYPS), the council’s arm for politically minded teenagers, has donated gifts to The Gazette’s Give a Little, Help a Lot campaign.

Give a Little Help a Lot'logo

Give a Little Help a Lot'logo

The group has contributed to the giveaway along with a number of firms as businesses and residents band together to help ensure a better Christmas for the 9,000 children living in poverty in the town.

Nicole Burke, 17, chairman of BYPS, says the group are well aware of people their own age less well off and decided to get involved.

She added: “It’s great. I like being busy and doing things for young people and as part of that it’s good we can do it for disadvantaged children.”

The campaign is being led by Blackpool Council’s deputy leader Coun Fred Jackson and his wife Pamela and backed by The Gazette.

To be a success, it relies on people to give presents, non-perishable food and cash.

BYPC member Louise Riley, 19, added: “Child poverty is a big problem in the town and I don’t think people understand how it can affect children.”

Coun Amy Cross, cabinet member for young people at Blackpool Council, who orchestrated the donation of gifts from BYPS, said: “This is about helping deprived children in the area who wouldn’t possibly be receiving a Christmas present this year if it wasn’t for this.”

Collections points for donations are available at the council’s municipal buildings on Corporation Street, Progress House on Clifton Road, Lee House on Plymouth Road, the Solaris Centre on New South Promenade, the Enterprise Centre on Lytham Road, and The Gazette offices on Avroe Crescent.

Call Alex Ross on (01253) 361725 if you wish to donate.

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