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How you can help Preston’s disadvantaged youngsters celebrate this Christmas

Posted on - 27th November, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Christmas, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston
Collection of presents from last year's gift appeal
The Cotton Court appeal has been very successful in previous years

The Preston community is being asked to help bring smiles to disadvantaged young people’s faces this Christmas Day.

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Cotton Court Business Centre in Preston city centre is running its eighth Christmas gift appeal for Barnardo’s.

This year’s appeal has been adapted due to Covid-19, so instead of donating a physical gift, businesses and members of the public are being asked to make an online financial donation.

The money collected will be used by Barnardo’s Lancashire Services staff to purchase gifts for the more than 350 young people they look after.

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Cotton Court Managing Director Robert Binns said: “2020 has been a tough year for a lot of people, but for children and young people that are vulnerable, life is now even harder.

“This year, more than ever, we’d really like everyone to come together to show that we care.

“Every year we are blown away by the support and generosity that the community show towards the appeal. The number of people that get involved is always astounding and we hope that this year will be no exception!”

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The appeal has gone from strength to strength in the past eight years, but unfortunately, as momentum for the cause grows, so too has demand.

This year Cotton Court is partnering with The Landmark business club in Burnley to help spread the word.

Collection of presents from last year's gift appeal
“The difference these gifts make is almost beyond words”

Debbie Nolan Plunkett, Barnardo’s Assistant Director of Children’s Services, says the Christmas appeal makes an enormous difference to young people.

“The support that Cotton Court has given has enabled many children, young people and families to have a brighter Christmas.

“Watching faces light up when presents are delivered is one of the greatest joys that our staff experience. The difference these gifts make to a lonely teenager living in supported accommodation or families struggling financially is almost beyond words.

“We work with over 350 children in Lancashire including children with disabilities, children in care, care leavers and young carers and it is such a blessing to have Cotton Court and this year The Landmark leading the appeal to ensure that no child or young person known to us go without a present this Christmas.

“Covid-19 has caused so much anxiety and stress for children, young people and families that making this Christmas count feels more important than any year previously.

“We really are grateful to all businesses and individuals who contribute to make a real difference in a child’s life.”



The appeal closes on Monday 14 December. To make a donation, visit JustGiving. Each person who donates will receive a certificate.

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