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Call to support disadvantaged youngsters through 10th Cotton Court Christmas gift appeal

Posted on - 28th November, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Christmas, Leyland, Preston City Centre, Preston News, South Ribble News
Collection of presents from last year's gift appeal
The Cotton Court appeal has been very successful in previous years

It’s the tenth year of the Cotton Court Business Centre’s Christmas Gift Appeal in aid of Barnardo’s, and the team are hoping to make it the best one yet.

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This year Cotton Court has teamed up with VibePay and Bar Pintxos to help ensure Barnardo’s Lancashire Services staff can purchase gifts for all of the youngsters they look after in time for Christmas.

As well as younger children, the appeal aims to collect gifts for the teenagers and young adults who are supported by the charity.

To help with this, Barnardo’s has created a list of gift suggestions to ensure no feels overlooked this Christmas.

A spokesperson for Cotton Court, which is based in Church Street in the City Centre, said: “The appeal is one thing the team loves to do, but we wish there was no need to have to.

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“This year more than ever before we are reaching out for support to help us ensure that all of the young people Barnardo’s support in Lancashire have gifts to open this Christmas.”

There are two ways to get involved – either by dropping a gift off at Cotton Court or at one of the appeal partner sites, or by making a monetary donation.

Unwrapped gifts can be taken to:

  • Cotton Court Business Centre reception between 8am and 5pm from Monday to Friday
  • Bar Pintxos in Preston City Centre between 12pm and 9pm from Monday to Sunday
  • In the Zone in Leyland between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday

Monetary donations can be made via the Cotton Court Gift Appeal VibePay page.

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Debbie Nolan-Plunkett, Assistant Director at Barnardo’s, said: “Huge thanks to Cotton Court and their supporters for 10 fabulous years of changing children and young people’s lives at Christmas.

“There has never been a greater need to support children, young people and families reeling from the cost of living crisis and overwhelmed by what should be such a happy time.

“Every single gift brings a ray of happiness to a child or young person and ensures that they feel cared for and remembered at a time when they may be missing out on a family Christmas due to being estranged from their families or where families just can’t afford the cost of Christmas.”

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