A sleigh brimming with presents and a record breaking £450 have been raised to help bring smiles to children in hospital this Christmas.
Generous shoppers are digging deep to make fundraising group Play2Give’s Christmas toy appeal the most successful yet.
Our charity of the year raised the gifts at a three-day in-store collection at Tesco Didcot at the end of last month and will be at Sainsbury’s tomorrow to collect toys for youngsters at Oxford Children’s Hospital.
Mr Play2Give, 29-year-old Andy Baker, said it has been heart-warming to receive so many donations so far, including a bundle worth £2,700 from charity Changing Lives Didcot.
Andy, who said this year’s Sleigh2Give drive is shaping up to beat last year’s effort of 3,000 gifts worth £18,000, said: “This year the support from Tesco [store customers] has been even more amazing than previous years.
“At the end of the weekend the sleigh was brimming over with new toys and gifts and some had to even be put on the table. A record amount was donated to the charity pots – more than £450 – beating last year’s total of £343.”
Andy, along with his elves, will deliver the goods on December 17. The team will meet many of the youngsters with the help of sponsors Go Green Taxis and Didcot Mayor, Jackie Billington.
There will be a trolley for donations in Sainsbury’s Didcot tomorrow (Friday), St Birinus School – Andy’s former school in Didcot – have a fundraising day on December 15.
For more information, or to donate towards the drive, visit tinyurl.com/ycv9bw44