Toy appeal launched for needy youngsters

Charlie Richmond alias Numpty Norman from Sleeping Beauty helps launch the toy appeal with Angela Robinson from Barnardo's and Emily Cookson from The Kitchen Garden at Meldon Park.
Charlie Richmond alias Numpty Norman from Sleeping Beauty helps launch the toy appeal with Angela Robinson from Barnardo's and Emily Cookson from The Kitchen Garden at Meldon Park.

PANTO star Charlie Richmond called in at a country estate to launch a Christmas toy appeal.

Meldon Park owners James and Emily Cookson have organised the appeal at their Kitchen Garden Cafe on behalf of Barnardo’s North East.

The pair are inviting customers to donate new toys for children across the region who have been affected by poverty, disability, sexual abuse or domestic violence, or who act as young carers.

Mrs Cookson said: “Every child deserves a lovely present at Christmas so we hope this appeal will generate lots of toys being donated.”

Mr Richmond, who will play Numpty Norman in Tyne Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty, launched the appeal on Monday. New toys can be left at the cafe until Friday, December 6.