Last-minute £500 boost to Sunderland Echo toy appeal

Asda Grangetown staff held a supermarket sweep to collect �500 worth of Toys for the Sunderland Echo Toy Appeal. Pictured l-r are manager Andy Dalman, and staff Deborah and Adele Paterson
Asda Grangetown staff held a supermarket sweep to collect �500 worth of Toys for the Sunderland Echo Toy Appeal. Pictured l-r are manager Andy Dalman, and staff Deborah and Adele Paterson
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HOLD the sleigh, Santa, we’ve got one more delivery to make.

The Asda store in Grangetown has made a last-minute donation of £500 to our Christmas Toy Appeal this year.

After generous customers donated hundreds of toys, store manager Andy Dallman decided the store could help too.

He said: “We wanted to match the generosity of our customers and donate an extra £500 worth of toys and gifts to give the campaign a final boost.

“Many of the donations which had already been received were for young children so we decided to make sure babies and teenagers had plenty of presents too.

“We’ve even thrown in some gifts for Mums to ensure they don’t miss out.”

Lesley Watson, community life colleague at the store, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the appeal.

“We’ve been busy filling trolleys with lots of nice presents which we hope will make a difference to people’s Christmases – hopefully we’ll bring lots of smiles which is what this is all about. It’s been a very busy but rewarding few weeks.”

Everything collected by the appeal goes to Wearside Women in Need, a refuge for families and individuals escaping abuse, B2B+, a Hendon-based project for young parents and their children and the George Hudson Charity and Sunderland Orphanage and Educational Foundation.

The latter are two of Sunderland’s oldest charities and help children whose fathers have died.

The Echo’s Christmas Toy Appeal has been running for many years and donations have grown every year, despite the recession.