More To Give

More To Give

by Sasha Kanal

The More Radio Toy Appeal is back for Christmas 2016! Do you have any gifts left over from last year or could you donate a present this festive season?

More Radio - Chris Birks - Hayley HammondLast year’s hugely popular initiative saw thousands of gifts donated via drop off points, to chosen charities helping children and young people living in poverty in Sussex. Chris Birks, a More Radio presenter on the Chris Birks at Breakfast show, which is leading the campaign, says, “Surprisingly there are many children and young people here in Sussex who live below the breadline and who won’t be getting any Christmas presents this year. The More Radio Toy Appeal was set up to help children and teenagers living in impoverished and difficult circumstances to celebrate Christmas in a way that every child deserves – with a gift.”

Last year’s response from the people of Sussex was overwhelming, resulting in More Radio hiring extra storage space to contain all the donations. “We were thrilled with the wonderful generosity of More Radio listeners in 2015, but we want to make it even bigger this year!” says Chris. “In particular for 2016, we are asking for gifts for older children and teenagers as in previous years, there’s been a bit of a shortage of donations for these age groups.”

Officially launched on 21st November and running throughout December all the way until Christmas, the Toy Appeal operates in conjunction with three of the most deserving local charities, (as nominated by More Radio) and who specialise in helping children and young people in the area. More Radio would love to hear from any local charities that would like to be considered as part of the Toy Appeal this year.

Toy - Robot - Flying SaucerSo how does it work? Listeners can drop their wrapped presents (indicating roughly which age group it’s suitable for) at special distribution points clearly marked with the More Radio Toy Appeal logo. Drop off locations in Mid Sussex this year include Tesco stores in Lewes and Burgess Hill, Rushfields Plant Centre in Poynings, Skinners Sheds at Wyevale Garden Centre in Kingston, Mountain Warehouse in Lewes and Haywards Heath and Upmarket22 in Burgess Hill.

Past donations have included everything from dolls and puzzles to toiletries and even tricycles and ride-on cars. As Chris explains, “People have been amazing, but donations can also be something small, costing just a couple of pounds. From the kids in care who benefit to those teenagers visiting drop-in centres in the run up to Christmas to get away from their home life for a few hours, it’s just a lovely thing for them to be part of – to receive a gift.”

Drop off points in Worthing: Tesco Extra in New Road, Durrington and The Holmbush Centre; Wimpy, Chapel Road; Starbucks, Broadwater High Street; Skinners Sheds, Wyevale Garden Centre; Arundel Wetland Centre. Plus Sussex Living office in Hurstpierpoint. For the latest information go to the More Radio website And don’t forget to listen to Chris and Hayley on the Breakfast show for updates.

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