Jake gets stuck in to help support our toy appeal

Jake Farnworth, who has been volunteering with this year's appeal.
Jake Farnworth, who has been volunteering with this year's appeal.

The Lancaster Guardian and BiG Storage Active Toy Appeal has seen another fantastic week of wonderful gifts donated to this year’s collection.

This week we throw the spotlight on one of the volunteers who is helping to ensure that this year’s appeal is a success.

Jake Farnworth, 14, is currently participating for his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and after seeing the appeal in the Guardian contacted the organiser Paul Whittaker to see if he could help in any way.

Due to the overwhelming amount of toys, Jake began work immediately, helping to sort out the donations and also assisted in collecting toys from local businesses who are supporting this year’s appeal.

Jake said: “Part of my Duke of Edinburgh award is to volunteer with some charitable work and after seeing the appeal in the paper and the fantastic charities that the appeal supports I immediately wanted to help in order to help local children who need it most, especially at Christmas.

“The toy appeal has helped me realise how lucky I am and I’m thankful to Paul for taking me on and allowing me this amazing opportunity.”

The toy appeal is looking for new presents that are unwrapped, for ages 0-16. If you wish to drop off any welcomed gifts, Big Storage is located at Northgate, White Lund, and can be contacted on 01524 65272.The branch is open Mon-Fri 8-6 and 9-3 Sat.

Appeal organiser Paul Whittaker said: “As the success of the appeal grows, it’s incredible to see the whole Lancaster and Morecambe community that has been getting involved with the appeal.

“Youngsters like Jake involving themselves is truly fantastic. On behalf of everyone at BiG Storage we are thankful for the Guardian readers’ immense response to our appeal. However we need more, so when you are out buying presents and gifts for loved ones, spare a thought for the vulnerable and needy children of Lancaster and Morecambe.”