Toy ap­peal launch

It’s time to get the Stan­dard Toy Ap­peal un­der way as fes­tive sea­son ap­proaches

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Lip­trott

The Stan­dard’s toy ap­peal brought as mile to a record-break­ing 700-plus chil­dren last year. And now we are ready to do it all again over the next few weeks for Christ­mas 2018. So let’ s show once more that Dum­fries re­ally can pull to­gether with com­mu­nity spirit

Ewan and Mau­reen Fraser have helped launch the The Dum­fries and Gal­loway Stan­dard’s Christ­mas Toy Ap­peal with a gen­er­ous boost of £500.

Both well-known faces in Dum­fries, the com­mu­nity-minded cou­ple have kept their Toll Bar Store open in New Abbey Road.

And, thanks to the sale of car­rier bags and other do­na­tions, they and their staff have got us off to a fine start. Last year the ap­peal brought a smile to a record-break­ing 700-plus chil­dren at Christ­mas.

A re­tired mem­ber of Dum­fries Lions Club, Ewan has sup­ported the ap­peal for many years. He said: “It is im­por­tant that all chil­dren get a gift at Christ­mas and the Stan­dard’s ap­peal strives to do that.

“We are de­lighted that the Toll Bar Store can play a part this year and it is a priv­i­lege to launch the ap­peal to­day. Hope­fully it will en­cour­age many peo­ple to join in.”

Ewan said the store is now rais­ing funds for a de­fib­ril­la­tor and would wel­come any do­na­tions of raf­fle prizes.

There are just over five weeks to get in­volved in the toy ap­peal as we strive to make sure every child – from new-borns to 16-year-olds – who are brought to our at­ten­tion re­ceive a gift.

Most chil­dren take it for granted they will get presents at Christ­mas but there are also many kids in our re­gion who face wak­ing up to noth­ing on December 25.

We strongly be­lieve th­ese chil­dren also need to feel the spirit of giv­ing that abounds at the fes­tive sea­son.

And we are sure that our read­ers feel the same way. So please do what you can to help as we launch the ap­peal to­day.

We urge read­ers to do­nate new toys, sweets or gift cards. We guar­an­tee every do­na­tion will go to un­der-priv­iliged chil­dren in the re­gion. And we know from the agen­cies just how much it means to the chil­dren who ben­e­fit.

Sec­ond-hand toys will not be ac­cepted and soft toys must have the CE kitemark .

And there is no need to wrap up your gifts. Thanks to a do­na­tion from Marks and Spencer in Dum­fries we have plenty of rolls of wrap­ping pa­per.

Iain Pol­lock, edi­tor of the Stan­dard, added: “Every year our read­ers amaze us with their gen­eros­ity. Dum­fries is a friendly com­mu­nity and our read­ers al­ways reach out to those in need.

“Sadly there are chil­dren who, through no fault of their own, are liv­ing in poverty. So please do­nate what you can. No child should be with­out a gift at Christ­mas.”

We will have col­lec­tion points around Dum­fries where toys and sweets can be dropped off un­til Mon­day, December 17. Gifts and do­na­tions can also be handed in to the Stan­dard of­fice at Park Lane up un­til Fri­day, December 21.

We are look­ing for other or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses, work­places, schools and churches to come for­ward and join in by do­nat­ing gifts, cash, or se­lec­tion boxes. If you can help, con­tact Sharon Lip­trott by call­ing 01387 240330 or email­ing sharon.lip­trott@reach­

We’ve got it all wrapped up M&S staff Lynn Dawn Cham­bers Pater­son, and Amanda John­stone hand over dozens rolls of wrap­ping pa­per of Turberville with Iris Prisic and UWS cam­pus di­rec­tor Shirley Sup­port the Crich­ton last year gifts do­nated by staff and stu­dents at

A great start Do­na­tion of £500 from the Toll Bar Store Santa’s lit­tle helper Stan­dard de­pute edi­tor Grant helps out Jackie

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