Help give needy kids a happier Christmas

Jack McKenzie and Joseph Hayes with fellow team members of Bispham Junior Football Federation with their 'Give a Little' gifts
Jack McKenzie and Joseph Hayes with fellow team members of Bispham Junior Football Federation with their 'Give a Little' gifts
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Young soccer players are helping make sure needy children in Blackpool get a visit from Santa this Christmas.

For the under-sixes from 
Bispham Junior Football Federation came armed with presents when they turned up for team training this week.

The gifts have been donated to Blackpool Council’s Give A Little campaign, which aims to ensure underprivileged children across the town have something to open on Christmas morning.

Squad manager Paul Helm said: “I work at the council for the Rover recycling service and Rover is an official drop-off point for presents.

“In my spare time I manage the under-six footballers and I thought it would be nice for the parents and children to get involved in the campaign, and they thought it was a great idea, too.

“We told the children the gifts will go to Santa to distribute and they know they are helping other children.

“I was bursting with pride at the response.”

The youngsters, who are all in Year One at primary school, train at Kelvin Road in Bispham and will start playing competitive games next year.

Supermarket Sainsbury’s is also supporting the campaign, with its store on Bickerstaffe Square now an official collection point. People can place their donations in a specially decorated shopping trolley.

Meanwhile, the Sandcastle WaterPark has donated 250 family vouchers.

Its managing director John Child said: “It is always rewarding to give something back to our local community.

“It is such a simple thing to do, and we know that we can offer a special family day out and a memorable visit at Sandcastle Waterpark.”

The campaign, which is in its fourth year, helped make a better Christmas for more than 1,100 children in 2013, and people have until Monday to make their donations.

Coun Pamela Jackson, who is spearheading the drive, said: “Every present that you give, or pound that you donate, stays on the Fylde coast and helps to give a Blackpool child a happier Christmas.”

Presents can be left at collection points including Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street;The Solaris Centre, New South Promenade; The City Learning Centre, Bathurst Avenue, and The Blackpool Enterprise Centre, Lytham Road.