Let’s make this Christmas the best ever for underprivileged children in Northamptonshire
Two weeks ago we launched our Christmas gift appeal and following the success of the online fundraiser last year, we have reopened a donation page as well as a return to gift drive this year.
As in previous years, you, generous readers of this newspaper and residents of our county, did not let us down because donations of gifts and money were pouring in.
Gifts for underprivileged children are dropped off by the hundreds and online donation have passed the £ 625 mark for people who want to pledge money.
The money you generously donate and any gifts donated will then be used by ‘Mrs. Claus’, retired social worker Jeanette Walsh on behalf of the Northamptonshire Social Services team, to purchase gifts and presents for about 5,000 underprivileged children across the county.
Jeanette said: “We have already received a lot of gifts, so thank you to everyone who gave gifts or promised money. The appeal is for kids with something they wouldn’t have if they didn’t. ‘had not been donated. I always say that it is local for the locals.
“Anything donated will go to the children and youth of this county to help them have a magical Christmas.
“There are tough times ahead, so if people could support in any way or give a new gift, it would make such a difference – every little bit counts.”
Jeanette, who grew up in nursing homes, has dedicated her whole life to improving the lives of underprivileged children.
She said: “The kids haven’t asked to be in the position they are in, but donations can make a real difference.
“Let’s make the best Christmas ever for the neediest kids and put a smile on their faces.”
The Northants Telegraph, the Northampton Chronicle and Echo and the Daventry Express have once again partnered with Northamptonshire-based Faraway Children’s Charity to set up a online fundraising page where you can donate the amount of your choice.
But in addition to cash donations, thanks to the caring staff at Nando’s stores in Northamptonshire, volunteers at Wellingborough Museum and staff at One Angel Square – the offices of the West Northants Council – new unwrapped toys can also be donated in person.
Dan Curtis, manager of Nando’s in Kettering, helped collect the gifts.
He said, “We get a lot of support from customers and businesses. People can drop off gifts with us anytime. We have a box ready for donations.
“We are very proud of Jeanette and everything she does and we want to support her and we will do everything we can to help her. She is doing good.”
Staff at Nando’s at George Street in Corby, Carina Rd in Kettering, Rushden Lakes Shopping Center and Wood Hill in Northampton town center also accept gifts, as do Wellingborough Museum volunteers, as do reception staff at One Angel Square in Northampton.
The online fundraising page remains open until the end of December, but Mrs. Claus Jeanette, who also works for Nando’s in Kettering as a hostess, will be busy using the money to buy special gifts for the children. as soon as possible.
To donate, go to the Just Giving link by clicking HERE or drop off your new unwrapped gifts at any Nando’s restaurant in Northamptonshire or Wellingborough Museum or at One Angel Square during opening hours.
• Rue George de Corby Nando, Corby NN17 1QG
• Kettering Nando’s Carina Rd, Kettering NN15 6YA
• Northampton Nando’s 3 Wood Hill, Northampton NN1 2DA
• Rushden Lakes Nando’s Shopping Center, Rushden NN10 6FT
• Wellingborough The Wellingborough Museum Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XB
• 1 Angel Place, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED