Gifts needed to help give Preston youngsters a Christmas to remember

Posted on - 15th November, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Christmas, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
The Cotton Court Christmas tree had hundreds of gifts beneath it last year
The Cotton Court Christmas tree had hundreds of gifts beneath it last year

Hundreds of gifts are needed to help bring smiles to young people’s faces in Preston this Christmas.


Blog Preston is joining forces once again with Cotton Court Business Centre for the annual Christmas gift appeal in aid of Barnardo’s and the 400+ disadvantaged young people it supports across Lancashire.

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The appeal asks businesses and members of the public to spare a thought for these young people, by donating a gift that can be opened on Christmas Day.

For 2019 there is a particular focus on gifts for older children, teenagers and young adults, as historically there has tended to be fewer donations for the upper age category supported by Barnardo’s.

Cotton Court has compiled a list of suggested gifts for teenagers and young adults, to help supporters who might be struggling for ideas.


Last year’s appeal saw a record number of presents donated – more than 500 gifts in total – and this year it’s even easier to donate.

As well as being able to drop donations off at Cotton Court Business Centre in the city centre, this year gifts will also be accepted directly from Amazon, and donations can be made via JustGiving. Scroll down for full details of how to donate.

Cotton Court Managing Director Robert Binns said: “Every year we’re blown away by the support that members of the local community show the appeal. It’s a great way for everyone to come together at a special time of year and show the young people that Barnardo’s supports that we care.

“When we started the appeal we set out to make sure that no young person that Barnardo’s supports be left without a gift on Christmas Day, and it was magical to achieve that for the last few years.

“However, the demand for Barnardo’s services increases each and every year, and we’re in danger of not meeting that target this Christmas unless the good people of Central Lancashire can come together and do something magical this festive season, and put a smile on a young person’s face.”

Amy, Rob and Rochelle with presents donated to last year's gift appeal
Amy, Rob and Rochelle with presents donated to last year’s gift appeal

Jenny Ashcroft, Children’s Services Manager at Barnardo’s Lancashire, said: “Once again we are extremely grateful for the support from Cotton Court to Barnardo’s services in Lancashire to enable the children and young people we work with to be gifted with a present this Christmas.

“The support from individuals and businesses to this appeal is amazing, we cannot thank you enough for the opportunity for our staff to pass on the Christmas gifts to those they work with and how excited and thankful our children and young people are to receive the thoughtful gifts bought for them.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with the Christmas Gift Appeal. No matter how big or small your donation, it will go a long way to making a difference this Christmas to the child or young person that receives it.”

How to donate

You can help us achieve our target by donating an unwrapped gift for a child, teenager or young adult before the appeal closes on Monday 16 December.

Drop off (preferred)

Take your donation to Cotton Court Business Centre in Church Street. They are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.


Order your gifts on and ship directly to the below address. Include your full name and email address in the shipping notes, or email with the order number so they can confirm upon receipt.

Christmas Gift Appeal
Cotton Court Business Centre
Cotton Court
Church Street


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Donations can be made via the Barnardo’s Gift Appeal JustGiving page. The funds raised here will be used to buy presents or gift vouchers for the appeal.

“As a charity we work with children and young people across Lancashire in a range of services, and we would be very grateful for gifts for all age groups – particularly older children, teenagers and young adults.

Read more: Charity news from Blog Preston

Will you be donating to the appeal? Let us know in the comments.

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