Football stars get on board with Christmas toy appeal

Jeff Banks from BiG Storage, Christie the Cat, Janet Preston (community manager at Morecambe FC) and the Morecambe FC squad.
Jeff Banks from BiG Storage, Christie the Cat, Janet Preston (community manager at Morecambe FC) and the Morecambe FC squad.

The Lancaster Guardian and BiG Storage Active Christmas Toy appeal is now well under way and we have been delighted with the initial response since the appeal was launched last week by TV celebrity and funny man John Thomson.

This week we visited the hallowed turf at The Globe Arena as Morecambe FC players, management team and staff put their full support behind the appeal.

They were all stunned to see how generous the community and Guardian readers have already been and believe even this early on in the appeal that we are well on course to beat last year’s record and amass more than 5,000 toys for the ill, vulnerable and needy children of Lancaster and Morecambe.

The appeal is looking for new gifts for children from babies up to those of 16 years of age. These presents need to be unwrapped so the right gift can be selected for the chosen child.

Paul Whittaker, BiG Storage’s community liaison manager, said: “We have been truly astounded over the years at readers’ generosity and we never fail to be touched by individual stories as well as local businesses who go out of their way to help the local charities selected for this year’s BiG Active appeal.”

Janet Preston, community manager at the Globe Area, added: “Morecambe FC is proud to support the BiG Storage Active Toy Appeal.

“We are sure that the local community will help make this Christmas special by contributing a gift to the appeal and putting a smile on the face of children through local children’s charities.”

The appeal this year is supporting Unique Kidz & Co and CAPSS (Children and Parent Support Service), two incredibly hardworking and fantastic charities who are both based here in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

BiG Storage is located on Northgate, White Lund, Morecambe, and can be contact on 01524 65272.

The branch is open six days a week for donations (8-6 Mon-Fri, 9-3 Sat).

For any further information on the appeal please visit the BiG Storage website and follow the Toy Appeal links or email directly to paul.whittaker@bigstorage.info.