Give a gift and make a child’s Christmas

Lincolnshire Free Press deputy news editor Tracey Sweetland, We'll Let Your House's owner Harry Drury, Beales manager Rhona Pieczka, We'll Let Your House manager Jacob Bell and Sarah Wright of Beale's toy department.
Lincolnshire Free Press deputy news editor Tracey Sweetland, We'll Let Your House's owner Harry Drury, Beales manager Rhona Pieczka, We'll Let Your House manager Jacob Bell and Sarah Wright of Beale's toy department.

As the festive season gets under way we are asking you to help bring a little cheer to a child who otherwise may be facing a miserable Christmas.

Everyone knows times are tough financially and there are hundreds of families across South Holland who are facing the terrible situation of not being able to afford Christmas gifts for their families this year.

So we are asking those who can afford it to spread a little festive cheer to those who are in desperate need.

All we are asking is that when you are doing your Christmas shopping consider popping another toy into your basket for someone who might otherwise go without.

If you can’t afford to do that, why not consider donating good quality second hand toys – clean and in a good state of repair – to our appeal.

Big or small, new or pre-loved – every gift will equal one big smile from a small child on Christmas Day.

The Give a Child a Gift Appeal 2013 is a joint campaign by The Lincolnshire Free Press, Spalding lettings agent We’ll Let Your House and department store Beales.

Harry Drury, We’ll Let Your House company director, said: “We are delighted to be part of this appeal as we believe the key to a good Christmas is community, goodwill and giving which is why we are urging people to come forward and donate a gift to put a smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning.”

Harry’s appeal was echoed by Rhona Pieczka, manager at Beales department store in Spalding.

She said: “At Beales we consider ourselves to be a family, we operate as a family to support each other and this appeal is a great opportunity to support the community.

“We are asking people when they are doing their shopping to buy something for a child who may not get anything else.

“You can just spend what you can afford – here in Beales we have toys starting from just a couple of pounds but they would still make all the difference to a child who otherwise wouldn’t get anything.”

The appeal aims to collect toys and gifts suitable for boys and girls aged from toddlers to 12 years of age.

You can drop off your donations to the We’ll Let Your House office in Broad Street Business Centre, Spalding, at the toy department inside the Beales store, or at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian reception in The Crescent.

All of the drop-off points will also accept good quality second hand toys.

We are also inviting parents who may be struggling to afford presents for their children this Christmas to get in touch.

If you would benefit from some help from the Give a Gift Appeal, send a letter outlining why with your name, name and age of your child and contact details, including email address, home address and daytime telephone number.

All requests will be considered and a decision made depending on gift availability.

Send you letters to Tracey Sweetland, Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1AB.

All requests and toy donations must be received by Wednesday, December 18.

A team of Santa’s little helpers will then deliver gifts in time for the big day.

Harry Drury added: “I have been fortunate that my family has always been in a position to spoil me at all times of the year, which unknowingly I always took for granted.

“Now, being a father, I relaise what a precious privilege it is to watch your childrenopen a Christmas present on Christmas Day, but I also recognise the cost implication involved in doing so.

“Some people in South Holland cannot afford such a privilege which is why I urge people to come forward and both donate a gift or ask for the support of this campaign.”