Comic helps launch appeal

Kevin Murphy (BiG Storage managing director), Jason Manford and Father Christmas.
Kevin Murphy (BiG Storage managing director), Jason Manford and Father Christmas.
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TV comic Jason Manford launches our annual toy appeal that will help children in and around the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

The shops are beginning to light up with bright decorations and festive displays and children are starting to compile their wish lists for good old St Nick.

However, for some children from underprivileged families Christmas isn’t such a glorious time.

That’s why the Lancaster Guardian is teaming up with BiG Storage once again to help underprivileged children this Christmas.

It is hoped there will be plenty of presents for children at charities such as Unique Kidz and Co in Sefton Drive, Lancaster, who do fantastic work for disabled children in the area.

Manford, who was at the launch at BiG Storage this week, said: “It’s a huge honour to work with BiG Storage on the Christmas Toy Appeal.

“As a patron of the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust I know only too well how difficult this time of year can be for many children in our region and the parties they provide are absolutely vital.

“The toys donated through this appeal will go straight to these children and bring smiles to faces that sadly know too much hardship. They really will make a difference.”

Other charities to benefit include The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust who help children throughout the North West and CAPSS (Childen and Parent Support Service) who are based here in the Lancaster & Morecambe area.

BiG Storage community liaison manager Paul Whittaker said: “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.

“A record 4,500 toys were donated last year and we are hoping for another fantastic response during our eighth toy appeal.

“Please spare a thought for those children who would not get a present if it wasn’t for this appeal and the generosity of the Guardian readers.”

Toys can be dropped off at several locations including BiG Storage, Northgate, on the White Lund Industrial Estate, which is open six days a week.

Contact 01254 65272 for more details or email

Toys need to be new and boxed.

For the very latest toy appeal information and any further details please visit and click the Toy Appeal link.