Toy ap­peal does the busi­ness for com­mu­nity good causes

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

CHIL­DREN have col­lected toys in aid of three char­i­ties.

The pupils at St Gre­gory’s Pri­mary School held a col­lec­tion to gather to­gether toys they no longer wanted af­ter re­ceiv­ing gifts at Christ­mas. The ap­peal aimed to put the toys to bet­ter use by rais­ing money for char­ity or be­ing do­nated.

The chil­dren col­lected 25 bags of toys in aid of the chil­dren’s ward at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal, East Cheshire Hospice and Bolling­ton char­ity The Brid­gend Cen­tre, which runs a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties with the aim of mak­ing sure no-one in the com­mu­nity feels iso­lated.

Anita Ar­mitt, par­ent and or­gan­iser of the event, said: “We have been over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of our chil­dren and re­ceived around 25 bags of toys, ex­ceed­ing all ex­pec­ta­tions.

“The chil­dren re­ally wanted to make sure their new and used toys found a suit­able home where they could be put to good use.”

Brid­gend Cen­tre man­ager Re­becca Lea at­tended the school to re­ceive the cen­tre’s do­na­tion from the chil­dren.

She said: “Thank you so much. We will be able to sell th­ese toys in our char­ity shop, which will mean they will be well loved again in a new home and will also raise valu­able funds for our com­mu­nity cen­tre.

“The Brid­gend Cen­tre was set up to cre­ate a pos­i­tive life, es­pe­cially for those feel­ing iso­lated.

“Since 1990 the cen­tre has con­tin­ued to achieve this by break­ing down so­cial bar­ri­ers through com­mu­nity in­te­gra­tion and change in peo­ple’s lives.”

●● Some of the pupils at St Gre­gory’s Pri­mary School in Bolling­ton with toys they chose to do­nate to Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal, East Cheshire Hospice and The Brid­gend Cen­tre

●● Jack Evans, four, from Pott Shrigley school and Izzy Tay­lor, four, from St John’s School, Bolling­ton, with items col­lected for Syr­ian refugees

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