Cash kick­start for toy ap­peal

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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

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