My View, Cheryl Sadler: Let’s make it a happy Christmas for all

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We’ve been over whelmed by the number of children’s gifts donated at Lakeside Village for the Trax FM Toy Appeal.

Doncaster’s local radio station launched their appeal at the centre only a few weeks ago.

And we’ve been one of the drop-off places for kind- hearted local folk to bring in their gifts.

When we are busy ticking presents off of our own Christmas shopping list it is easy to forget that some children won’t get anything at Christmas.

And now is our chance to make a child smile and buy just one extra present to make a real difference to someone in our town and its surrounding villages

So many people have brought in gifts to help disadvantaged children in the Doncaster and Bassetlaw area.

This is something that just shows that the spirit of Christmas is well and truly alive in our town.

It’s awful to think that in this day and age, there are children who don’t get a present to open on Christmas Day.

And this appeal aims to make sure that this doesn’t happen to youngsters in Doncaster and Bassetlaw this year.

As well as kind-hearted shoppers dropping of their Christmas gifts we’ve had two special visits from local schools.

Pupils from Doncaster School for the Deaf came along and signed Christmas carols for our shoppers and helped to raise funds for their school and for the Toy Appeal.

They were a simply fantastic group and a lot of our shoppers were in awe of the amazing performance they put on.

Kind-hearted shoppers have also been serenaded by pupils from Kingfisher Primary School.

The school’s 45-strong choir, who performed a festive Santa Sing-a-Long at the outlet shopping centre, invited members of the public to join in the singing and make a donation to the toy appeal, too.

It has been lovely to see so many people thinking of others.

They have been giving their time to spread some Christmas cheer and joining in the fun.

Christmas shopping can be a hectic time for people so taking time out to enjoy these festive performances has hopefully helped them to relax and enjoy their shopping experience.

With just one more weekend to go before Christmas we are expecting it to be a busy one but with free parking, a free visit to see Father Christmas and Star Wars day there are plenty of reasons to visit us before the big day.

Thank you to everyone who has given so generously – you are quite simply wonderful.