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Christmas appeal roundup

More than 300 children and young people across Wirral received gifts thanks the generosity of residents, community groups and organisations in the borough.

The council’s children’s  services team made an appeal for donations after fearing the pandemic may affect their usual fundraising  activities that take place in the run up to Christmas.

Each year, in the run up to the festive period, a number of activities take place across Children’s Services to ensure that vulnerable children & young people receive a Christmas present. Activities to raise money and buy gifts have previously included Christmas jumper days, raffles and quizzes. In addition, Wirral Council staff, as well as local/ national organisations donate gifts which are distributed to vulnerable children & young people.

An appeal for toys and gifts was launched at the end of November, inviting residents and organisations, who were able to, to donate. This call for help was met with an overwhelming and generous response.

Several COVID secure donation stations were identified and set up for drop offs - including the Floral Pavilion and three local Children’s Centres. With more than 300 donations received, which was more than any previous years, the children’s team were able to provide more than one gift per child.

On behalf of the council and those who received the donations, we’d like to say thank you each and every person for their kindness. And to those who managed the organisation of the collection and distribution. Thanks to the community effort many vulnerable children and young people in Wirral were able to enjoy Christmas, despite the challenging circumstances.