Help kids get active this Christmas with toy appeal

BiG Storage managing director Kevin Murphy, Santa and comedian John Thomson launch this year's toy appeal.
BiG Storage managing director Kevin Murphy, Santa and comedian John Thomson launch this year's toy appeal.
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Christmas is only around the corner and the Lancaster Guardian has once again teamed up with BiG Storage to launch this year’s Toy Appeal.

However, the ninth annual event has a twist...this year the appeal has gone active in order to help the under privileged and vulnerable children of the Lancaster area not only receive a present this Christmas but a sporting one which will hopefully assist with the areas rich sporting heritage and help create a star of the future.

Comedian and TV star John Thomson is just one of the celebrities on board this year and was at the launch of the BiG Active Toy Appeal.

He said: “It’s a huge honour to work with Big Storage on their Active Toy Appeal.

“The toys and gifts they receive will help children in our area who are challenged with life threatening conditions and disabilities as well as those who really have nothing at Christmas.

“The gifts the people of Lancaster provide really will make a difference this year.”

This was added to by Paul Whittaker, BiG Storage’s Active Toy Appeal organiser, who commented: “Last year was amazing, the people of Lancaster yet again showed that even in these economically difficult times that they are willing to dig deep to help those less fortunate.

“We collected a record 4,800 toys last year and we are hoping for another fantastic response during our BiG Active Toy Appeal.

“We want to help get the region ACTIVE this Christmas so please spare a thought for those children who would not get a present if it wasn’t for this appeal and the generosity of Guardian readers.”

Drop-off for the appeal is at BiG Storage, Northgate, White Lund Industrial Estate, Morecambe, which can be contacted on 01524 65272.

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

We are again supporting a number of local charites including CAPS and Unique Kidz and would appreciate it if all gifts could be new or unused.