Get behind ‘Mission Christmas’ to help children in poverty

Rock FM presenter Jordan North and headteacher Gaynor Gorman with some of the students at the launch of Mission Christmas appeal at Lostock Hall Academy, which has chosen Rock FM's Cash for Kids as its charity of the year
Rock FM presenter Jordan North and headteacher Gaynor Gorman with some of the students at the launch of Mission Christmas appeal at Lostock Hall Academy, which has chosen Rock FM's Cash for Kids as its charity of the year
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It’s all hands on deck for ‘Mission Christmas’ as an appeal to help disadvantaged children has been launched this week.

Rock FM radio presenter Jordan North visited Lostock Hall Academy this morning as part of this year’s Cash for Kids charity campaign.

Rock FM presenter Jordan North at the school

Rock FM presenter Jordan North at the school

The Evening Post is also getting behind the scheme, which asks people to buy an extra present to be given to an underprivileged child on Christmas morning.

The campaign is looking for new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged up to 18-years-old, which can be donated at a number of drop-off points across Lancashire, including the Evening Post’s offices in Olivers Place, Fulwood.

Clare Traynor, charity executive for Cash for Kids, said: “We know there are almost 40,000 children and young people living in poverty in Lancashire, and Cash for Kids wants to help make Christmas brighter for as many of those children as possible.

“Already we have received applications for 11,000 children this year.

“We know there are almost 40,000 children and young people living in poverty in Lancashire, and Cash for Kids wants to help make Christmas brighter for as many of those children as possible.”

Clare Traynor, charity executive for Cash for Kids

“The charity consists of two full-time members of staff only, so we are completely dependent on supporters to donate gifts to the appeal and volunteers to help sort the gifts.

“We are very blessed with the support we do have and the generosity of people in our county never ceases to amaze us, but we can always use a little extra to help us reach even more children.”

Lostock Hall Academy has chosen Cash for Kids as its charity of the year, and launched their Mission Christmas appeal during assembly today.

A number of events are also planned through the festive period to support the mission, including a region-wide Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, December 11, where people are asked to donate £1.

Rock FM has planned a trip to Edinburgh Christmas Markets next week as a fund-raiser for the charity, and on Saturday, December 5, the radio station is hosting a pantomime day at Preston Charter Theatre for 500 people who do not usually get to go to the theatre.

Leyland Valeting Centre in Centurion Way, Farington, is holding fund-raising days on December 14, 15 and 16 with all proceeds going to Cash for Kids, and staff are also collecting gifts throughout the appeal.

Skipton Building Society in Fishergate, Preston, will be collecting gifts and running competitions.

And on Saturday, December 19, there is a carol concert at Preston Minster with One Voice Choir to raise funds.

- To donate, text ‘ROCK £1’ or ‘ROCK £5’ for example, to 70808, or to find out more about the campaign and how to get involved or volunteer, visit www.rockfm.co.uk/mission.