Children set for ‘best Christmas ever’

Hand over of toys collected by the Chad & Forrestown ASDA, to Ravensdale Childrens Centre at Mansfield,  for the centre's Christmas appeal.''NMAC 18-12-14 Toys, L/R Mandie Jobling Childrens Centre Co-ordinator, 'Katie Butler, Chad Reporter, Sue Derbyshire, ASDA Community Life Colleague at Forrestown. Forground- Layton Blanche aged three.
Hand over of toys collected by the Chad & Forrestown ASDA, to Ravensdale Childrens Centre at Mansfield, for the centre's Christmas appeal.''NMAC 18-12-14 Toys, L/R Mandie Jobling Childrens Centre Co-ordinator, 'Katie Butler, Chad Reporter, Sue Derbyshire, ASDA Community Life Colleague at Forrestown. Forground- Layton Blanche aged three.

You have done it!

That’s the message from the ‘overwhelmed’ organisers of a festive Toy Appeal which will see more children than ever before receive special gifts this Christmas.

Chad and Asda launched the Christmas appeal last month and the response has been phenomenal - with hundreds of pounds worth of gifts for youngsters in underprivileged families.

Kind-hearted readers and shoppers took presents in their droves to help children who might not have got a gift this Christmas.

Now the festive goodies will be taken to children’s centres across Mansfield and Ashfield.

Sue Derbyshire, community life champion at Forest Town Asda, said the appeal was the best she had ever seen.

“We have four trollies full of toys and gifts,” she said.

“It’s been fantastic. I just can’t believe we have so many gifts. It’s quite overwhelming.

“What might not seem an expensive gift for one person, would mean the world to another who might not get any gifts.

“This is what the Toy Appeal is all about - acting as a community and helping each other out.

“It’s awful to think a child won’t have present to open.

“Christmas is all about children and this year more kids than ever will have something to open on Christmas day morning.”

The presents were taken to the area’s respective children centres ready for the big day.

Forest Town’s were taken to Ravensdale Children’s Centre and Sutton’s were taken to Summer House Children Centre and also to Home Start centres.

Mandie Jobling, children’s centre manager at Ravensdale, said: “Families in the area really do struggle at this time of year so we will be able to go out and give those families some lovely gifts for their children. It will make it that bit more special for them.”

She said they do get gifts donated every year but this was the most they had by far.

Hayley Carrington, community life champion at Sutton Asda, said she was overwhelmed with the gifts.

She said: “It’s really eye opening to see so many children right in our communities who might have to go without a single toy this Christmas, so it’s great we can all try and make a difference.

Both Asda stores and Chad would like to thank the community for their generosity.