Fes­tive ap­peal launched

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

FIRMS across Hinck­ley are sign­ing up to a shar­ing ini­tia­tive which will bring a smile to vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren this Christ­mas.

Busi­ness mem­bers of Le­ices­ter­shire Cares are back­ing the ven­ture’s 18th an­nual fes­tive ap­peal, which this year is in aid of Le­ices­ter based char­ity Toys on the Ta­ble.

The aim is to col­lect as many toys as pos­si­ble to give to chil­dren who might oth­er­wise not re­ceive any gifts this Christ­mas.

Last Christ­mas, Toys on the Ta­ble made sure more than 8,000 gifts were matched up with 4,000 chil­dren aged up to 16 in Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land. The chil­dren are re­ferred to the char­ity by a va­ri­ety of agen­cies and their schools.

Vol­un­teers from Le­ices­ter­shire Cares’ mem­ber firms will also be help­ing by wrap­ping the pre­sents.

Toys on the Ta­ble pres­i­dent Terry Watts said: “Each year we rely on the gen­er­ous sup­port of many or­gan­i­sa­tions and the pub­lic. Hav­ing the ad­di­tional back­ing of Le­ices­ter­shire Cares and its mem­bers will be a mas­sive help.

“Get­ting many more com­pa­nies in­volved will make a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence to our ef­forts to ben­e­fit the needy chil­dren of the city and coun- ties. They will help with col­lect­ing and do­nat­ing toys and groups of their work­ers are join­ing our vol­un­teer teams. What a su­perb boost for this year’s ap­peal.”

Since its first year in 2000, the Col­lect for Christ­mas ap­peal, run by Le­ices­ter­shire Cares, has seen more than £250,000 worth of gifts and cash do­nated for a wide range of lo­cal char­i­ties.

Hinck­ley and Rugby Build­ing So­ci­ety, one of the lo­cal mem­bers of Le­ices­ter­shire Cares has al­ready signed up. Le­ices­ter­shire Cares matches vol­un­teers from county com­pa­nies with char­i­ties or com­mu­nity projects in need of as­sis­tance.

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