Prizes error a charity’s gain

Betty Darnell who won too many prizes by mistake and has given the spare books to the Give A Little campaign.
Betty Darnell who won too many prizes by mistake and has given the spare books to the Give A Little campaign.
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A KIND-HEARTED grandmother has shown her Christmas spirit by donating prizes mistakenly given to her to our Give A Little Campaign.

Betty Darnell had entered a Gazette competition to win a sewing kit for her needlework mad grand-daughter Chloe, but was sent five of the prizes by accident by the company which makes them.

And now philanthropic Betty, 61, of Bela Grove, central Blackpool, has given the surplus kits to The Gazette’s gift drive – which aims to help bring seasonal cheer to the resort’s less fortunate children this Christmas.

She said: “The company sending them out said to keep the prizes, so we said we’d donate them.

“We just got a few other bits and pieces to go with them too, little games and selection boxes.

“It’s an absolutely brilliant cause when you think there are so many, especially now, that will get nothing.

“Even a little selection box is a lot to them, and it’s a good cause because it’s staying in Blackpool.

“It makes you feel good if you can just put a little smile on somebody’s face.”

Betty frequently sews with nine-year-old Chloe, the lucky recipient of the prized kit, who lives in Duke Street, South Shore, and attends Thames Primary School.

Betty added: “I know she’ll be 
really over the moon with that.”

Last year £50,000 of gifts, experiences and donations helped make Christmas for 1,000 needy children.

The Gazette has again teamed up with Blackpool Council to ask residents to donate a gift to deliver Christmas cheer to Blackpool’s children.

Items which can be donated include toys, games, books, puzzles, toiletries gift sets, and clothing. The deadline is on Monday.

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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