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Preston Christmas present appeal sets new record for donations

Posted on - 15th December, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Christmas, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
The collection of Christmas presents donated to Barnardo's Lancashire Pic: Debbie Nolan-Plunkett
The collection of Christmas presents donated to Barnardo’s Lancashire Pic: Debbie Nolan-Plunkett

Preston has set a new record for the number of presents donated for disadvantaged youngsters this Christmas.

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More than 500 presents for the Barnardo’s Christmas appeal, organised by Cotton Court and supported by Blog Preston, were picked up ready for wrapping.

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The donations came thick and fast to help 16-to-25-year-olds who may not have anything to open on Christmas Day.

Assistant Director of Barnardo’s Lancashire Debbie Nolan-Plunkett told Blog Preston: “When a community comes together with kind and generous gifts it can transform the lives of others. These wonderful presents will give a real boost to our 16-25 year olds who might be spending Christmas without their families and to parents struggling to meet conflicting demands who can now be certain they can watch their children open presents on Christmas day.

“It is also wonderful to be able to give all children who attend our services a present and keep the magic and joy of Christmas alive.”

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A number of children and young people helped to pick up all the presents from Cotton Court in Church Street.

Read more: Roast to feed the city’s homeless and emergency services on Christmas Day

A 21-year-old said: “I can’t believe I can give my son some wonderful presents. He will love them.”

A 12-year-old said: “People are really kind. What a nice thing to do for other people you don’t even know.”

Read more: See everything Christmas in Preston

Did you donate to the appeal? What’s been your Christmas kindness act? Let us know in the comments below

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