Northumberland MP launches annual Christmas appeal

Guy Opperman and Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
Guy Opperman and Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has launched her annual Christmas toy appeal, now in its fifth year.

Anne Marie and her fellow Conservative, Guy Opperman, MP for Hexham, are once more calling on local residents to support the poorest children across the North East.

Anne-Marie said: "For those kids for whom the Christmas period does not bring the excitements and anticipation that so many of us enjoy, the chance of receiving a new toy at the Salvation Army Christmas lunch is a wonderful experience. I would invite people to buy one new toy when they are doing their own Christmas shopping and drop it off at our offices. Guy and I will take them to the Salvation Army in early December."

Last year, the Buy One More Toy campaign collected more than 500 toys and so far the generosity of locals has meant that nearly 2,000 toys have so far brightened up the neediest North East kids' Christmases.

All types of new toys are welcome, for any age group. For the teenagers, make-up and toiletries are very welcome, sports kit, and jewellery. And for the younger ones anything from a teddy bear or doll to drawing pads and pens, cars, trains, books, dressing-up kit, building kits or games are always very popular. Please do remember that toys with batteries are difficult as many of the recipients will not have funds to buy new batteries.

Supporters can drop off toys at Mrs Trevelyan's Constituency Offices at 21A The Hotspur, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PR or Berwick Workspace, 90 Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1BN until Friday, December 4, or email team.trevelyan@gmail.com to organise a more local drop-off point or collection by one of the team. For more information, call Abby on 01665 517512.