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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Rotarians to support Christmas toy appeal

The News & Star Christmas Toy Appeal is well underway with generous members of the public dropping off games, toys and chocolates for those in need.

The campaign has been set up to ensure that come Christmas morning, every child across the county has a present delivered by Santa waiting for them under the tree.

Readers are being asked to buy an extra gift when out shopping and take it into the newspaper’s offices.

One organisation backing the appeal is Workington Rotary Club. John Head, chairman of the group’s community service committee, says it’s a valuable campaign.

He said it fitted well into the ethos of the rotary group.

He explained: “Everybody is not as fortunate as the run-of-the-mill person and we are in touch with people who need a helping hand.

“I think that there are families that need a little bit more help than others, whether they are grown-ups or kids.”

As well as backing the appeal the Rotary Group is working towards having a Santa’s grotto in Workington over the Christmas period.

Mr Head also spoke of wanting to help young carers who take care of their family members at this time of year.

He said: “It’s amazing what some of those kids do – they have got to devote a lot of their time.”

Gifts can be dropped off at the News & Star offices in Dalston Road or Bank Street, Carlisle, at the Whitehaven News in Queen Street, Whitehaven, or at the Times & Star in Oxford Road, Workington.

Additionally a number of retailers are backing the appeal including Asda on London Road and Morrisons on Scotland Road, Carlisle, and Sainsbury’s, Caldewgate. Experts will ensure that the children helped will be those most in need.

A full list of drop-off points can be found on our Christmas Toy Appeal web page.

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