MP’s delight at toy appeal response

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GENEROUS Northumberland residents have donated gifts to help children in poverty this Christmas.

This is the second year that MP Guy Opperman has organised the Buy One More Toy campaign and he is delighted with the response, with more than 500 new presents being handed in.

The toys are being distributed by the Salvation Army to young people who otherwise would not have received any gifts.

He said: “Every toy we have collected will make an enormous difference to the Christmas experience of the poorest children living in our region.

“I am so proud that even though residents are feeling the pinch themselves, they are able to be so generous.”

There may still be time for people to make a contribution as the last drop-off will be this weekend.

Volunteer Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “Many thanks are due to those who took the time to buy another toy and donate it to the campaign.

“People are being so thoughtful in their choices, with presents ranging from cuddly toys for toddlers and Lego sets to make-up bags for teenage girls and shaving kits.”

Contact her on 07970 653258 or email to see if the project team can organise collection.