Cash kickstart for toy appeal
HUNDREDS of disadvantaged children from some of Halton’s most deprived areas are going to be given a Christmas boost thanks to a charity being set up in Halton.
The Halton Christmas Toy Appeal is now being backed by bridge toll operator Merseyflow, which has kicked off its support by donating £100 of toys.
Staff and customers are already adding to that by bringing in toys and Christmas presents to the drop-off point at Merseyflow’s walk-in centre in Manor Park, Runcorn, to support the appeal.
In addition to the appeal drop-off point at the Merseyflow walk-in centre, drop-off points in Widnes include: Halton And St Helens VCA, Lugsdale Road; Cathie Stankevitch Foundation, Dennis Road; Puregym; Morrisons; Widnes Hall Care Home.
Toys must be unopened and cannot be secondhand. ●
The appeal is aimed at helping disadvantaged children up to 18.
Cash can also be donated via a GoFundMe page.
The inspirational woman behind the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal is Widnes-based Nicky Woodward, a self-employed mum of four who takes five weeks off work every festive season to run the charity.
Nicky has also thrown her efforts into helping collections over the last four years for the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation, based on Dennis Road.
A Merseyflow spokesman said around 300 children have benefited from the toy appeal since its launch four years ago.
Nicky said: “I set up the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal because I wanted to do something to make sure that every child right here in Halton has something to brighten up their Christmas.
“All of the toys and every penny of any money collected will go to help make Christmas special for less fortunate children who otherwise might not have very much to celebrate.
“I’d like to thank everyone who is supporting the appeal – it really will make a difference.”
Helen Williams, Merseyflow marketing manager, said: “Our team decided to bring in toys for the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal because it is a really important cause, such a local charity, and we felt that our support could really help.
“There is a drop-off point in our walk-in centre and we’ve already had customers and staff adding to the collection, so we’re really pleased to be helping out.”
Nicky Woodward from the appeal and Helen Williams of Merseyflow