Help from a Christmas Angel

Pam and Fred Jackson with footballer Angel Martinez who is supporting the council's Give A Little campaign.
Pam and Fred Jackson with footballer Angel Martinez who is supporting the council's Give A Little campaign.
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Blackpool FC is pitching in to help ensure children across Blackpool get a better Christmas.

The club has boosted this year’s ‘Give a little’ campaign by donating match day tickets to the appeal which aims to ensure under-privileged youngsters have gifts to open on Christmas morning.

Residents are urged to buy an extra present when they do their festive shopping, which will then be delivered to a needy family.

On top of the tickets, Blackpool FC will make a plea for more donations at today’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Star midfielder Angel Martinez, himself a dad-of-two, has backed the campaign.

He said: “When you have a family it makes Christmas much more special but it’s sad to think that some don’t get a present.

“I have a chance to help Blackpool help children and it’s a privilege.”

Coun Fred Jackson, who is helping spearhead the campaign, said: “The football club has donated before and we’re always really grateful for their help.

“Many people, myself included, are big fans so it’s great to see them play an active role in the community.

“Football tickets are excellent experiences for children who wouldn’t necessarily be able to attend the matches.

“We’re now nearing the last week of the campaign, so are encouraging people to get their donations in to make sure that we can help as many children in the town as possible.”

People can now drop their presents off at the club’s two shops at Bloomfield Road and in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Other drop off points are Municipal Buildings, Progress House, the Solaris on New South Promenade, the City Learning Centre at Bathurst Avenue, the Blackpool Enterprise Centre on Lytham Road and The Gazette offices on Avroe Crescent.

While most presents can be accepted, second hand items cannot be used, as well as anything that is not in its original packaging.

Perishable food and store cupboard items also cannot be accepted.

The window for donations is open until Monday December 9, to allow time for the presents to be sorted, packed and distributed.

Donations to the festive appeal, which is now in its third year, should be made unwrapped.

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