Festive toy drive hits top gear

Mansfield Mayor Tony Egginton gives a civic send-off to a seasonal charity toy drive on Saturday which brought Christmas cheer top sick children.

The Mansfield and Ashfield Driving Instructors Association (MADIA) has been collecting toys for the past two months — generously donated by shoppers and Chad readers buying their own Christmas gifts.

The toys were sent in convoy from Mansfield Civic Centre on Saturday morning to King's Mill Hospital, where they were received by nurses and members of the Parents Association For Seriously Ill Children (PASIC).

MADIA has been fundraising for PASIC since 2006 and wanted to make this Christmas extra special for the support group's parents and children.

PASIC helps the parents of children and young people diagnosed with serious illnesses like cancer, leukaemia, brain tumours or similar related illnesses — and many of the children have to spend Christmas in hospital, either at King's Mill or at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

The toys had been collected at local Asda stores, JJB Fitness Centre in Mansfield, Chad receptions, Mansfield radio station 103.2 and The East Midlands Designer Outlet.

Staff at the Boots store in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre also raised money for the cause.