Change a life by helping the Sunderland Echo Christmas Toy Appeal

Diane Sutherland of Sainsbury's Silksworth Lane, Sunderland, with toys for the Echo Toyal Appeal.

Diane Sutherland of Sainsbury's Silksworth Lane, Sunderland, with toys for the Echo Toyal Appeal.

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YOUR fantastic generosity is life-transforming for all those who will share in the Echo Toy Appeal.

And this year, with money tight yet again, we are counting on you to help those who have so little.

There are hundreds of children known to Wearside Women In Need, Sunderland Social Services and two city charities – The George Hudson Charity and Sunderland Orphanage Educational Foundation.

One Sunderland mother and her two-year-old daughter will be spending their second Christmas in a WWIN refuge.

The 35-year-old was taken there by police for her own safety when pregnant with her only child, after being kicked and punched by her husband.

She is one of scores of mothers who know their Christmas is transformed by the beautiful, quality gifts you donate.

She spoke for all the mothers when she said: “Last year we received many toys and I was very happy because we have no money and so we can’t afford everything. But you helped us and on Christmas Day we received lovely things.

“There were toys for my daughter and I was very happy that you helped me. We had a fantastic Christmas Day, the gifts, food and celebrating with the staff. And seeing my daughter happy made me very happy.” As well as youngsters, we need gifts for teenage lads, some coming out of care with no families. Then there are single mothers, young couples struggling to make ends meet, destitute families and needy children. Twitter: @SunderlandEcho