'One gift could make all the difference to a child'
TIMES are tough but one gift could make all the difference to a child – that is the message from the chairman of the Lord Mayor of Bristol's Children Appeal.
The annual campaign, which raises funds for families of underprivileged youngsters in the area, last year made £52,000.
It provided families with two vouchers – one that can be spent on food and another that can be spent on clothes or toys.
This year it is hoped up to 1,650 families will benefit from two £20 vouchers, which can be spent at Asda, Co-op branches and at Debenhams.
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Here at The Post we have launched our Christmas Toy Appeal, which runs alongside the Lord Mayor's campaign, in the hope of giving extra families a boost with donated toys.
We are asking readers to bring children's new or nearly new toys or money to our Temple Way offices.
Bruce Simmonds, chairman of the Lord Mayor of Bristol's Children Appeal, said: "Our appeal has been going since the 1920s.
"Each year we've raised monies for the benefit of under-privileged children who live in the city.
"Our target is a huge £65,000 again this year because we want to carry on providing for as many families as possible.
"There are many families who unfortunately will miss out on our vouchers and that is where The Post's Christmas Toy Appeal comes in."
Toys can be delivered to The Post's reception in our office on the fourth floor of 1Temple Way until December 21.
Cheques for the appeal should be made out to the Lord Mayor of Bristol's Children Appeal and sent c/o the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3LJ.
*Any Bristol businesses or organisations that would like to donate can contact Rachel Gardner on email@example.com or 0117 934 3328.