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Lancaster BID announce Christmas Toy Appeal to return

Lancaster BID has announced its Christmas Toy Appeal will return, following the success of last year's campaign.

They’ve have teamed up with local charities Cancercare, Joe’s Clothes, Helping Heart for Ukraine, the Children’s Ward at RLI and Unique Kidz and Co, to make sure the donations reach those who need them the most.

A spokesperson for Lancaster Business Improvement District said: ‘’Following the success of our first appeal last year, we are delighted to confirm the campaign will be returning in December to collect toys for less fortunate children in the district.

The appeal officially launches on Christmas Lights Switch On day, hosted by Beyond Radio, on Sunday November 26, and will run through to Saturday December 17, when a Travellers Choice coach with Santa on board will deliver all the toys collected to the chosen charities.

Above: A selection of toys from the 2022 appeal

‘’Kindly Sponsored by Travellers Choice, we will once again be appealing to the public and business community to donate new or nearly new toys to those children that really need them this Christmas.

Traveller’s Choice, Wagon & Horses, Nando’s, the YMCA Shop and The Cumberland have kindly allowed toys to be dropped off in their stores but more drop off points are required.

‘’It would be ideal if you have window space to show some of them off, but it is not essential as long as you don’t mind collecting them.

‘’We will supply you with posters to say you are a drop off point for The Toy appeal and we can arrange regular collections to store them for you if you are short of space.

‘’As well as supporting a great cause, acting as a drop off will help attract people into your business and encourage them to make their festive purchases with you.

If you are happy to get involved, or have any questions about logistics before making a decision, contact the BID team on 01524 590650 or by email to bidmanager@lancasterbid.org

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