Make a child smile this Christmas

by | 27 November 2022 | Local Charity, Notice, Rotherham

Ann Levick co-ordinates Rotherham’s Christmas Toy Appeal, which enables Rotherham’s most needy children and young people to receive a gift on Christmas morning. She is part of a team of volunteers who are passionate and work extremely hard to make this to happen.

Last year’s appeal helped over 2,000 children and young people receive a gift to open on Christmas Day – something that could not have been achieved if it were not for the support of local businesses, churches, schools and members of the public, plus the continued support of local radio station RB1, The Advertiser and Parkgate Shopping Giving Trees.

This year the group is expecting a much greater cry for help due to the current situation. They are a small charity that is looking for more local support from a wider range of supporters.

This year’s launch of the appeal was at Parkgate Shopping on Monday 7th November. The events was as Christmassy as possible, with Coleridge School and The Voice singing carols.

There are various ways to support the appeal: gifts can be purchased, and money can be donated. You can also donate to their JustGiving page – search Rotherham Christmas Toy Appeal. Christmas Trees are placed at Parkgate Shopping with tags; pick an age you want to purchase a gift for and take it into the shop or security office at Parkgate Shopping.

Collection day is 8th December, when RB1 and Ann go round to companies and schools collecting donations – but there isn’t a cut-off date for donations. Gifts can be dropped in Rotherham libraries, Voluntary Action Rotherham or the Town Hall, as well as at Parkgate Shopping.

The requests are received from agencies within Rotherham working closely with families. The charity also receives requests from schools, the Council social care and early help, Rema, Red Cross, Barnardo’s, the local refuge and many more. They only ask for first name, gender, age and identified gift. The professional collects the gifts and gives them to the parent / carer so the gift is from them, not the charity.

For more information or to offer support, contact Ann Levick on 07568 396113 or ann.familiesifrst@gmail.com.