Christmas mission for Lancashire’s children

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The Evening Post is today joining forces with Rock FM’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas Appeal.

Readers can now drop off new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years at the Evening Post’s offices in Olivers Place, Fulwood.

Presenter Jordan and staff at the launch of the Mission Christmas Appeal drop off point at the Lancashire Evening Post in Fulwood, Preston

Presenter Jordan and staff at the launch of the Mission Christmas Appeal drop off point at the Lancashire Evening Post in Fulwood, Preston

Mission Christmas aims to ensure that the thousands of children living in poverty will have a gift on Christmas Day.

Charity manager Nikki Thompson said: “As we approached this year’s campaign Cash For Kids discovered some daunting facts about children living right here in Lancashire.

“There is currently one in five children living in severe poverty, going to bed without a hot meal in a house without central heating.

“As Christmas approaches these children are not expecting Santa to visit them.

“This year’s appeal has been sponsored by Arnold Clark who have provided us with collection boxes, posters and a van for collecting the gifts in and The Store Room in Preston donate the warehouse space so that the appeal runs with very little costs.

“So far more than 500 businesses, schools and offices have signed up to be collection points for gifts and cash to help the appeal including every Sainsbury’s in Lancashire, 02 Deepdale, Preston Guild Hall, and Miller Metcalfe.”

Nikki added: “We have more than 7,000 requests for support so far and are expecting this to reach 10,000 children by the end of the appeal.”

Lancashire Evening Post Editor Gillian Parkinson said: “We are pleased to be supporting this really good cause and we hope our readers will get behind it.”

HOW TO HELP:

DO you know of any organisations, social services, children’s charities that would benefit from the appeal? Please get them to request help here www.rockfm.co.uk/missionchristmas

Volunteers are needed to help us sort presents at the warehouse. Email santa@rockfm.co.uk to offer help

Donate presents at any drop off points including the Lancashire Evening Post offices. See the full list here: www.rockfm.co.uk/missionchristmas

Donate cash to help Text ROCK to 70070 to donate £5 giving us money for the categories we struggle with including teenagers and babies.