The 2015 toy appeal could be a cracker

Santa and Coun Steve Tulley
Santa and Coun Steve Tulley

This year’s toy appeal is shaping up to being one of the best ever.

That’s the verdict of South Elmsall Town Council clerk Clare Baxter after gifts started flooding in since the appeal started about a fortnight ago.

Mrs Baxter said: “It has been going really well. I would like to think this is the best one we have had since I started here in 2008. We’ve had such a good response so quickly.

“We’ve had little dolls and pushchairs for them, tractor sets, bath and beauty products, tea and train sets.”

The toys have been donated mainly by the general public and local business Maddie Moos.

Mrs Baxter said people had been asking where they could apply to receive such gifts. She said: “People should come down to the Westfield Centre food bank on a Friday between 10am and 2pm or to the Early Help Hub in Fitzwilliam from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.”

The toy appeal is run in partnership with South Elmsall Town Council, the Westfield Centre Food Bank and the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express. Its aim is to make sure every child in the south east of the district has at least one present under the tree on Christmas morning.

Gifts should be new and unwrapped so that food bank staff can distribute them to the right child. Toys can be dropped off at the Westfield Centre on Westfield Lane, during opening hours. They can also be donated at the Hemsworth Town Council Community Centre, Bullenshaw Road, between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2.30pm on Saturday.

The closing date for donations is 1pm on Friday, December 18, so they can be handed out before Christmas Day.

For more information please contact Mrs Baxter on 01977 642335 or email our Christmas co-ordinator, Gemma Jimmison, via or call Mrs Jimmison on 01924 433013 from Monday.