Christmas Toy Appeal Off To A Flying Start

Launched less than a week ago, The Great Big Salisbury Christmas Toy Appeal is off to a flying start.

The brainchild of Louise Howard of ReQuire Consultancy, the Toy Appeal exists to provide children, who might well be going without, a Christmas present this year.

Cash donations to the crowdfunding page are approaching £3000 with more toys and donations being added all the time. The team at 1st Self Access Storage are reporting the first toys are already arriving with them too.

The year 2020 has been tough for everyone, but particularly tough for some and the people of Salisbury are coming together to help those children in need of a little extra magic this Christmas.

Individuals, companies and organisations have been getting behind the appeal. 1st Downton Scouts have got grouped together and have bought toys that are being delivered to Santa’s little helpers. 1st Self Access Storage has kindly put aside one of their storage units for the safe storage of toys that have been ordered online. You can have your donated presents delivered there, reducing the number of people handling items to make sure the appeal is as Covid secure as possible.

You can also make a cash donation via the crowdfunding page and many people have done so already. Many familiar local business names have donated to show their support and a special mention must go to Mike Hurst of Hurst Financial Consultancy who has pledged an incredible £1000 to the appeal. Mike commented:

“What a great campaign to bring the people of Salisbury together. Personally I feel a huge debt of gratitude to my home town and am very happy to support with this sort of positive and cohesive approach. I would urge others to embrace the spirit of this and help to make those who have less colourful lives, that little bit brighter.”

For local businesses who donate over £100, we are also offering the opportunity to sign up to our Christmas Advent Calendar window which will be revealed each day on Salisbury Radio, both on-air and via our website and social media channels. These will be revealed each day during the breakfast show in the lead up to Christmas starting, as all good advent calendars do, on the first of December so another great way to spread some Christmas cheer whilst getting behind our amazing community appeal.

Smyths Toy Store in Salisbury is also supporting the appeal. They are allowing the team of volunteers to go into the shop whilst it is closed to buy the toys, they are also topping up the amount the team can spend with a gift card.

Louise commented:

“The support has been incredible from the moment we launched the appeal last week.  Our expectations have already been surpassed but with the support of the entire community we want to ensure, that as a collective the entire City comes together to deliver a special Christmas for those children of Salisbury that really do need it the most. The team behind the scenes are working incredibly hard, Andy and Debbie from Salisbury Radio have really helped spread the message far and wide and I know their Christmas Calendar is a real hit with local firms”.

You can make a cash donation via the crowdfunding page – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/salisburytoyappeal or you can have a brand new toy delivered to 1st Self Access Storage, Unit 1a Castle Gate Business Park, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX. Please do not attempt to deliver the packages yourself, we can only accept deliveries from courier firms. This is to keep the number of people coming in contact with the toys as low as possible.

For more information, please head to salisburyradio.co.uk/christmas 

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