: Food glorious food – Yorkshire Building Society customer consultant Amanda Walker (left) and customer representative Antony Leone hand over items for the food hampers to Trust team manager Lisa Wilson.

Santa's sleigh is on its way

Festive fun has been guaranteed for hundreds of disadvantaged children and families, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and residents, who have donated thousands of brand new toys and gifts, as well as food hampers.

Doncaster Children's Services Trust has received the presents and food hampers from local appeals. Trust staff have been busy delivering them to those families and young people who are struggling and would otherwise have no gifts.

The toys have been collected as a result of an appeal from Trax FM, Direct Line insurance company, Doncaster Council and others; while the food hampers are courtesy of Yorkshire Building Society staff and customers, Doncaster Council and Trust staff.

As Antony Leone and Amanda Walker, from the Yorkshire Building Society, handed over the hundreds of items donated for the food hampers, Antony explained it was the first time the company had run the appeal. “It has been such an amazing success that we will be running it again for the Trust. Our staff and customers have been very generous and all said they really wanted to help local families who were less fortunate than themselves.”

Trust Chief Executive Paul Moffat said: “The generosity of residents and staff teams has been overwhelming and it is so inspiring to know that there are people willing to think of others at this hectic and expensive time of year. I hope they realise just how much their gifts will mean to the local families who receive them. Without these gifts many children and young people would have nothing to open on Christmas morning and many families would not be sitting down to a Christmas dinner.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated.”

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