Toy appeal joy for thousands of West Yorkshire kids

More than 7,000 underprivileged children in West Yorkshire will wake up to a present tomorrow thanks to the 2010 Christmas Appeal.

The YEP-backed appeal, run by 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828's charity Cash for Kids, aimed to ensure that no child went without a present on Christmas morning.

For weeks, generous readers have been donating toys and gifts to the appeal, which was supported by Crown Point Shopping Park.

Presents have now been distributed to thousands of disadvantaged kids across West Yorkshire, with the help of social services, charities and other organisations.

YEP editor Paul Napier said: "This year's Christmas Appeal has been a fantastic success and I'd like to thank everyone who has donated a present. As always, people have been extremely generous.

"Every child deserves a present to open on Christmas Day and hopefully, these toys will give them a reason to smile."

Pupils from Morley Victoria Primary School donated the first presents to the appeal last month, with 2009 X Factor winner Joe McElderry also bringing a heap of parcels to 96.3 Radio Aire.

On December 5, tubby cyclists Graham Holmes and Colin Duke joined Magic 828 breakfast show host Glenn Pinder on a sponsored ride to York to raise extra funds.

The annual campaign was also supported by pensioner Vincent Pope, who managed to save much-needed cash despite being burgled earlier in the year.

To celebrate the success of the 2010 appeal, the team at 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828 – including DJs JK and Joel and Glenn Pinder – gathered for a picture outside the studios on Burley Road, Leeds.

Cash for Kids charity manager Jo Hardcastle said: "We are extremely pleased to have distributed toys to over 7,000 underprivileged children across West Yorkshire who were at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas morning.

"As the new charity manager for Radio Aire and Magic 828's Cash for

Kids, I would like to give thanks to all who have supported the appeal this year. The generosity of the people across West Yorkshire has been amazing."

Cash for Kids supports sick, disabled and deprived children in West Yorkshire, working with other children's charities, schools and groups.

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