Community leaders who fronted the Cheadle Toy Bank appeal for Christmas 2021 have sent a big thank you to everyone who donated items and helped wrap presents this year. Cheadle Town councillors Jamie Evans and Elizabeth Whitehouse, who organise the initiative, have praised the way residents from all around the area responded to the appeal, which led to hundreds of items being delivered to low-income and disadvantaged families this festive season.
Community leaders who fronted the Cheadle Toy Bank appeal for Christmas 2021 have sent a big thank you to everyone who donated items and helped wrap presents this year.
Cheadle Town councillors Jamie Evans and Elizabeth Whitehouse, who organise the initiative, have praised the way residents from all around the area responded to the appeal, which led to hundreds of items being delivered to low-income and disadvantaged families this festive season.
This year, more than 300 presents were sent out, a significantly large increase on last year’s tally.
Cllr Whitehouse told the Times and Echo of how she was blown away by the kindness people have shown once again.
“I’m absolutely overwhelmed again by the generosity of our town and surrounding areas,” she said.
“We feel privileged to be able to help in this way and I personally get so much joy from giving at Christmas.
“We couldn’t do it though without the support of our community and they’ve really got behind us once again to help those in need.
“I want to wish each and every person who has helped us, and every family who we’ve been able to help, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
Cllr Evans concurred, explaining how “heartbreaking” it is to see so many families in need this Christmas but how “heartwarming” it was to see their reaction when presents were delivered, knowing the community had helped their neighbours have a wonderful festive season after a tough year.
“It’s worked really well this year, thank you to everyone who donated – you’re all legends,” he said, adding: “We’re going to do it next year again and keep going until there are no kids left to help.”
Both writing on the toy appeal’s Facebook page, both councillors said: “2021 Toy Bank is now over.
“Thanks so much for all your help and support again what an amazing achievement again from this great community.
“We would like to thank the following people: Aura, Bargain Booze, Wildflower, Cheadle PC Repairs, Country Interiors, Grace Rock, Coop Tean, Liz Haines, SO Marketing and Gary Bentley logistics and the wrapping team.
“We would also like to thank Cheadle Carnival for the use of their sleigh again and also SJ Walchester, Hales Hall, Ian Titterton, Donald Cope, Trademart, Roy Howell, David Byatt, Hillside Fishing Pool for their donations and the Croft bar for the collections.
“Apologies if we missed anyone. Thanks again and a Merry Christmas to you all.”
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