Cake sale Christ­mas toy ap­peal gets a boost

Bristol Post - - NEWS - Heather PICKSTOCK [email protected]­

AN an­nual toy ap­peal for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Bris­tol at Christ­mas has re­ceived a boost – from cake-lov­ing staff at the Bris­tol Post.

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 gifts.

And staff at the Post have been busy do­ing their bit to sup­port the ap­peal, or­gan­is­ing a cake sale.

Staff from across all de­part­ments got busy in the kitchen, cook­ing up treats from cup cakes to brown­ies and short­bread to en­joy.

The cakes were sold, rais­ing £160 for the ap­peal which was spent on toys and gifts.

Staff and their fam­i­lies and friends have also sup­ported the ap­peal by do­nat­ing good­ies.

The cake sale was or­gan­ised by Post re­cep­tion staff Julie Rigg and Trina Wil­liams who went out shop­ping for the gifts with the money raised.

Julie said: “The cake sale was a huge suc­cess and so many staff got in­volved and cooked up a lovely ar­ray of treats.

“We got some su­per presents for the ap­peal which we hope the chil­dren will en­joy this Christ­mas.”

The ap­peal is run as part of the Lord Mayor of Bris­tol’s Chil­dren 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’s Chil­dren 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.”

A col­lec­tion point has been set up in the foyer of the Bris­tol Post of­fice 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 Ap­peal at https://www.lord­may­o­rof­bris­to­lap­


Bris­tol Post re­cep­tion staff Trina Wil­liams and Julie Rigg with the presents pur­chased with money from a cake sale at the Bris­tol Post of­fice

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