28th Nov – Local Community At The Centre Of This Years Appeal
The Smart Storage 2017 toy appeal has been overwhelmed by the support this year’s appeal has received, with business and community leaders throwing their weight behind this year’s appeal.
The appeals reach was highlighted by one of the many member of the local community who have called into our facilities to donate toys to the appeal. 81-year-old Albert Wilson from Sale called in and dropped off 3 bags earlier this week. Albert has been saving £2 a week from May to November and has now supported the appeal for over 5 years.
Paul Whittaker the appeal Co-ordinator said “The unbelievable generosity of local people, helping local charities is highlighted by Albert’s donation, those who may perhaps only have little themselves are giving to those who may have nothing. A true reflection of the meaning of community sprit as well as Christmas”
“We are now well on the way to surpassing last year’s total and the people of Altrincham, Sale, Warrington, Widnes, Runcorn and Preston still have plenty of time to donate gifts to any of our drop off points around the town”. said Paul.
This was added to by Michael Liddle from SureMove, one of the many local companies who are supporting this year’s appeal.
“It is fantastic to see the work being carried out by Smart Storage which will assist local families and many North West based charities, the appeal is growing week by week and all I ask is that when you are out shopping this week for Christmas presents please pick up that extra gift and donate it to this fantastic appeal”
Altrincham Ladies Manager Keith Edleston who are collecting gifts at the match against Sale on Sunday 3rd December at Mersey Valley Sports Club added. “Christmas should be a magical time for children. Full of joy and happiness, the excitement of tearing into presents. But for some children and families, it’s a time when they feel more alone than ever, when they’re struggling to cope. These donations and the Smart Storage Toy Appeal will go a long way to help support these families at this time of year.’
Toys ideally need to new or nearly new and can be dropped off at any Smart Storage, Altrincham, Preston, Warrington or Widnes. Open 7 days a week, Gifts can also be given in at Warrington Wolves Foundation offices, Altrincham Football Club and Gulliver’s Word.
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16th Nov – Launch Update – Toy Appeal Raring To Go!
It only seems a moment ago since last Christmas, but as shops and homes begin to light up with bright decorations, festive displays and children are starting to compile their wish lists for good old St. Nic. It’s is also time to think of those less fortunate than ourselves; those whom Christmas isn’t such a glorious time.
That’s why Smart Storage is raring itself for the annual Toy Appeal to ensure there are plenty of presents for underprivileged and vulnerable children whose Christmas’s will be made by this appeal, local charities and the people and businesses around the North West.
The Appeal team are delighted to welcome back Gulliver’s World back for a second year as a partner alongside Newbies, The Cruden Group, Seneca Partners and the trolley dashing team from Gladstone Brooks to name just a few. We will also be welcoming back our posse of furry friends with, Wolfie from the Warrington Wolves foundation joining the fun alongside Altrincham FC’s Rocky Robin, Gully, Twinkle, Tigeroo from the team at JUMP and Pengi and Bobby from CAFT.
Paul Whittaker, the Smart Storage Toy Appeal organiser commented. “The appeal grows from strength to strength and last year was amazing, people showed again, that even in these economically difficult times that they are willing to dig deep to help those less fortunate. The generous people of the North West collected over 7,000 toys last year and we are hoping for another fantastic response during this winter’s Smart Storage Toy Appeal”.
Paul added “It’s unbelievable that this is the 12th year and my 6th coordinating one of the North-Wests largest toy appeals. The appeal’s message is simple, please spare a thought for those children who just would not get a present this Christmas if it wasn’t for this appeal and the generosity of you the Guardian readers, so when you are out buying for loved ones this year just pick up that extra gift and drop it in to one of the collection points.”
Amongst many others, some of the Local Charities we are aiming to help this year are: JUMP, NSPCC Warrington, & The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust as well as smaller local community charities who help to make sure every child in the North West wakes up with a smile on their face this Christmas.
The appeal is also looking for more local businesses who would like to support the appeal as the response over previous years has been fantastic.