Toy ap­peal Help make a city child’s Christ­mas

Bristol Post - - NEWS - Heather PICKSTOCK heather.pickstock@reach­

PEO­PLE across Bris­tol are be­ing urged to pop an­other gift into their fes­tive shop­ping bas­ket to sup­port the an­nual Bris­tol Post Toy Ap­peal.

The ap­peal, which has been run­ning for more than 10 years, sees busi­nesses across the city - in­clud­ing the Bris­tol Post of­fice – set up col­lec­tion points where peo­ple can drop off toys.

The ap­peal is run as part of the Lord Mayor of Bris­tol’s Chil­dren’s Ap­peal which raises £66,000 each year to help 1,650 dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies across the city.

Each fam­ily re­ceives £40 in vouch­ers to spend on clothes, gifts and food for Christ­mas.

The toys are also handed out to fam­i­lies strug­gling dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son to en­sure young­sters have gifts to open on Christ­mas morn­ing.

Last year gen­er­ous Bris­to­lians do­nated hun­dreds of gifts to put a smile on the face of lo­cal chil­dren.

Chair­man of the Lord Mayor of Bris­tol Chil­dren’s Ap­peal Bruce Sim­monds said: “While many of us will be en­joy­ing all the fes­tiv­i­ties of the Christ­mas sea­son there are fam­i­lies across the city who are fac­ing real hard­ship.

“It is th­ese fam­i­lies which the toy ap­peal is here to help.

“We are ask­ing the peo­ple of Bris­tol, when they are out Christ­mas shop­ping, to think of the ap­peal and pop an ex­tra gift on their list.

“For a child who does not have much, hav­ing a gift to open on Christ­mas morn­ing will be very spe­cial.”

Toys are col­lected for chil­dren aged 16 and un­der.

Mr Sim­monds said: “We are ap­peal­ing for a wide range of gifts that will suit a va­ri­ety of ages from tod­dlers to teenagers. The peo­ple of Bris­tol have been in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous in sup­port­ing the ap­peal in the past and we very much hope they will get be­hind us again in 2018.”

Funds for the Lord Mayor of Bris­tol Chil­dren’s Ap­peal are raised through­out the year at events in­clud­ing the Bris­tol Carol Con­cert which takes place at St Ge­orge’s this year on De­cem­ber 6.

This year the con­cert is be­ing run in part­ner­ship with the Bris­tol Post and com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion BCfm. BCfm broad­caster Pat Hart will be host­ing the con­cert with his wife, sign lan­guage in­ter­preter and TV pre­sen­ter Sher­rie Eu­gene-Hart.

Head­lin­ing are lo­cal favourites and reg­u­lars to the event the Bris­tol MAN Cho­rus sup­ported by Gurt Lush and Bold Brass.

Per­form­ing for the first time at the event is mezzo-so­prano Re­becca Chel­lap­pah. Singer and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Alexan­dra Den­man will also be per­form­ing along with Bris­tol based womens’ choir Sing With Soul.

Peo­ple can get their tick­ets at https://www.stge­orges­bris­ uk/event/lord-mayor-of-bris­tolchil­dren-ap­peal-carol-con­cert/ .

Other funds to sup­port the ap­peal come from a gala din­ner and from col­lec­tions by com­mit­tee mem­bers. The ap­peal is also sup­ported by lo­cal com­mu­nity groups in­clud­ing city ro­tary clubs. A col­lec­tion point has been set up in the foyer of the Bris­tol Post of­fices at Tem­ple Way for peo­ple to leave their do­na­tions.

The ap­peal runs un­til Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18, when the toys will be col­lected and dis­trib­uted.

Peo­ple can also do­nate to the Lord Mayor’s Chil­dren’s Ap­peal at www.lord­may­o­rof­bris­to­lap­

Bruce Sim­mons, Chair­man of the Bris­tol Post Toy Ap­peal with some of last year’s do­na­tions James Beck

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