School boosts our toy appeal

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THE Christmas toy appeal organised by the Salvation Army and supported by the Echo has had a welcome boost thanks to a Lightcliffe school.

Staff at Cliffe Hill Community Primary School decided to buy presents for those less fortunate by using the money they would normally have spent on sending Christmas cards to each other.

Three children, Rheanne Ingall, Steffon Hodgson and Mackenzie Bradley-Wilkinson, were selected by the teachers to carry out the job of choosing the presents.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “We concentrated mainly on teenagers because we had read in the Echo that they are the ones that often get overlooked.

“We have collected for the appeal before because it is a local charity and all in aid of a good cause. We regularly raise money as a school for other things and again we have had an overwhelming response.”

Thanks to Echo readers, the Salvation Army, organisers of toy services, the Superdrug store, and volunteers, this year’s appeal has seen over 600 gifts collected for children this Christmas.

The presents that have been wrapped by a group of volunteers will be distributed by Calderdale Council’s Children service to families across West Yorkshire.

Last year more than 150 families had a special Christmas and it is hoped many more will have one this year.