Council chairman backs Express toy appeal

Hemsworth town council chairman Tony Upson, has donated �100 for the Express Christmas Toy Appeal 2014.'h321b443
Hemsworth town council chairman Tony Upson, has donated �100 for the Express Christmas Toy Appeal 2014.'h321b443

Hemsworth Town Council has backed the Express Christmas Toy Appeal 2014 with a generous cash donation.

The appeal is aimed at making sure every child has something to open on Christmas morning.

Coun Tony Upson has agreed to donate £100 from his chairman’s allowance to fund toys for underprivileged children across the area. The town council is also supporting the appeal by providing a donation drop-off point at its Bullenshaw Road community centre.

Coun Upson, who also supported the appeal last year, said: “Every child deserves a special Christmas and this is a brilliant way of making sure that is possible. The appeal is a very worthwhile cause, which is why the town council and myself are supporting it again this year. We urge everyone to donate a gift to the appeal if they can.”

We are asking our readers to donate a new gift for children aged from newborn to 17.

The toys will be given to Wakefield Council’s family services team in Hemsworth and distributed to needy and neglected children throughout the area.

Toys can also be dropped off at the The Grove, Stockingate, South Kirkby; the Westfield Centre, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall; and Sainsbury’s in South Elmsall.

Gemma Jimmison, appeal co-ordinator, said: “Not every child is lucky enough to have a mountain of gifts – for some youngsters the gift we provide will be the only one they receive.

“We can’t do it without our readers and we are hoping they will be as generous as they have been every other year.”

Gifts should be unwrapped so family services can distribute them to the right child. The closing date for donations is 5pm on Friday, December 12. For more details, call Gemma on 01924 433013.