The Macclesfield Express is once again backing an appeal to ensure every needy child across the town is given at least one Christmas present this year.

The Christmas Toy Appeal, run by the Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) Cheshire East, aims to provide toys to families and children who may be facing an extra hard time this December.

Last year the Express joined the campaign after the charity appealed for help meeting demand, and thanks to generous readers and a fantastic effort from staff at AstraZeneca, more than 2,300 toys were collected and distributed.

Andrew Luisis, from the charity, is appealing for readers to dig deep once again and buy an extra toy when they are Christmas shopping.

He said: “Last year we supported 51 charities across Cheshire East and distributed 2,300 toys to families and children facing difficult times over the festive period.

“Amazing as it was, we didn’t quite have enough toys to make everyone’s Christmas a joyful one. This year we don’t want to leave any child disappointed, we want to break last year’s total and distribute more toys than ever before! But we need your help to do it, we’ve already had more business and organisations pledge support than we’ve had in past appeals and now we need that extra help from the public to make this year’s CVS Cheshire East Christmas Toy Appeal the biggest yet.

More than 2,500 toys were donated to last year's appeal

“When you are Christmas shopping this year, spare a thought for the families and children facing difficult times this Christmas and maybe pick up and donate a toy or two and help spread some joy to children that might otherwise go without, or if you would like to make a cash donation and have toys purchased on your behalf, please contact us directly.”

The toys donated to the appeal will be distributed to registered charities and organisations who work directly with families and children in need. Organisations which have so far signed up include Hurdsfield Children’s Centre, Space4Autsim and the Youth Support Service, which helps young people struggling with homelessness, unemployment or disability.

Staff at AstraZeneca will once again be doing their bit to help, as are the team at Elior UK, a contract caterer based on Catherine Street in Macclesfield, who have made it their mission to build a ‘toy mountain’ for the cause. Drop points are at MAC Multi-Activity Centre, Goodall St, or call ahead to deliver toys to the CVS Cheshire East office, at 81 Park Lane, on 01625 428301.

Toys must be dropped off before Wednesday, December 14 .

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