More than 17,000 needy children across Leeds and West Yorkshire will wake up to a gift on Christmas Day thanks to this year’s record-breaking Mission Christmas appeal.
The YEP-backed toy appeal, which is run by Magic 828 and 96.3 Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids charity, has drawn to a close and has been found to have helped more children than ever before through more than £900,000 worth of donated gifts.
Every week since mid-November we have been sharing stories of selfless donors and heartwarming stories of under 16s connected to children’s charities, hospices and hospitals who benefit from the appeal.
Last week around 300 festive gifts donated by readers at the annual Leeds Minster YEP carol service were handed over to Cash for Kids in support of Mission Christmas.
Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, said: “Helping as many as 17,000 children, who might otherwise have gone without a gift at Christmas, is a real achievement. We’re delighted that Mission Christmas has once again been such a success. What better time to wish our readers a very merry Christmas.”
New and unwrapped gifts were donated at drop-off points across the city at places including Crown Point Shopping Park and Radio Aire, off Burley Road.
Once collected, the gifts were wrapped and delivered to worthy causes and charities including Candlelighters, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Barnardo’s and children’s centres across the region.
Supporters of the campaign include Crown Point Shopping Park, Foresters, Ison Harrison and Ringways Motor Group.
Lisa Sullivan, charity manager at Cash for Kids, said: “We are truly overwhelmed with everyone’s support this year it and has been so heart warming and emotional to think we have helped even more children than ever before.”
KAYLEIGH’S AN EXAMPLE
Among the stories of giving, 11-year-old Kayleigh Glancy stood out as a true good Samaritan.
The thoughtful primary school pupil, from Lower Wortley, saved up her pocket money to buy gifts and appealed for donations from friends to help children less fortunate than herself through Mission Christmas.
She joined her mum Becky Gomersall in handing over an amazing £100 worth of gifts to staff at Magic 828 and 96.3 Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids charity earlier this month.
Ms Gomersall told the YEP: “She’s got a really good heart.”