For the last three years 12-year-old Charlotte Oram has been making and selling Christmas cards, and using the profits to support the Rotherham Christmas Toy Appeal.
“When I first started, I made £20 and bought two gifts for the Rotherham Toy Appeal – but last year I had a massive success when I made £200 and bought 12 gifts,” Charlotte said.
“I’m hoping to make even more money to buy gifts this year. It always gives me an overwhelming happiness to know that young people and children can wake up to a present on Christmas morning.”
Every year Charlotte designs and creates the cards. In the first year she hand-drew all 50 cards, which was a big task – so in 2022 she contacted John Brailsford Printers who were only too happy to support her project.
She added: “John was surprised to be hearing from an 11-year-old at the time but has been very supportive towards this project. John and the team are supporting me this year with cards and money wallets!”
For the past two years, Charlotte sold her cards on Facebook and to people she knows but this year she has been out and about selling at a craft fair Elsecar Heritage Centre, supported and sponsored by Little Hummingbird Events and Wingfield Academy.
There are various ways you can help with The Christmas Toy Appeal:
- Pick a tag off a Christmas tree at Parkgate Shopping, purchase a gift and hand it into any shop on Parkgate Shopping. These are collected by the elves on a regular basis.
- Hand a gift into your local library who are again collecting for the appeal.
- Contact Ann on 07568 396113 or email@example.com for more information.
Once donations have been received, professionals provide a list of ages and genders for children and young people in need and a team of dedicated volunteer elves work extremely hard to ensure all the requests are ready for collection on time so they can be delivered to the families on time.