Morecambe FC mascot Christie Cat visited the BiG Storage facility on White Lund Industrial Estate recently to see how many toys have been dropped off so far for this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal.
Along with Christie was the group of mascots supported by the other BiG Storage facilities: Roary the Lion of Macclesfield Town FC, Ollie the Owl of Warrington Disability Partnership, Eddie ‘Edgehog of Alderley Edge Hockey Club and BiG Lupus of Chester FC.
They were stunned to see how generous the local community have been so far, but there is still a way to go to beat the record number of toys that were collected last year.
The storage unit being used as this year’s grotto is filling nicely with gifts for children up to the age of 16.
The local charities have their Christmas parties planned and will be starting to collect toys bit by bit from the beginning of December in anticipation for the big day.
The charities which will benefit from the appeal are:
*Children and Parenting Services (CAPS) who help to improve quality of life outcomes through bringing different agencies and services together to provide a more ‘joined up’ service for children, young people and their families.
*Unique Kidz and Co who provide specialist services for disabled children and their families in the Lancaster area. The charity was founded in 2009 by 2 mums of disabled children unable to find suitable childcare or social activities for their children.
Their services allow parents and carers of disabled children to return to work or education, spend time with other family members, or have some much needed respite.
Lucy is a very bright a bubbly little girl who has multiple health issues which affect her mobility and vision including Septo-optic Dysplasia, Optic-nerve Hypoplasia and Pan-hypo Peturism.
To walk independently she must wear her back brace or use her walking frame but will sometimes require help when tired.
She is a very enthusiastic girl who loves spending time her friends and her little brothers, her favourite activities include arts and crafts, playing in the water or relaxing in the sensory area.
Lucy will be one of the children receiving a gift from this year’s appeal.
Her gift will be picked by her carer so that it is in tune with her disability and also something which she enjoys doing.
This story is one of many testimonies which describe how challenging situations have been turned to joyful experiences because someone cared enough to buy an extra gift and donate it to a child less fortunate than themselves.
Your toys can be dropped off at BiG Storage, Northgate, White Lund (100 yds from Asda), Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 2pm at the BiG Storage reception.