Kind-hearted people in Sheffield have been getting into the festive spirit by backing a Christmas campaign for underprivileged children.
Adults and youngsters across the city have been quick to assist Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids charity in its Mission to deliver presents to children in need in South Yorkshire before Christmas morning.
Through its Mission Christmas appeal, which is backed by The Star, the charity asks people across the region donate an extra Christmas present at drop-off points across the area – including The Star’s head office on York Street, Sheffield city centre.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Sheffield Hallam MP, is among those who have called in at the offices to make a contribution.
He said: “I’m hugely impressed by the hundreds of local people and organisations across Sheffield and South Yorkshire who have helped so far.
“Ensuring that less fortunate children are able to wake up on Christmas morning and look forward to opening presents is a fantastic cause.”
The donated presents are then collected, sorted and distributed to sick, disabled and deprived children.
Last year, the charity’s appeal delivered £770,000 worth of gifts, supporting more than 15,000 youngsters across South Yorkshire.
And it looks like this year is shaping up to be another success, thanks to the generosity of local people.
Staff at Sheffield law firm, PM Law solicitors, based near Tinsley, have been among those keen to support the appeal.
Donald Mackay, chairman, said:
“As a family-orientated business, we’re only too happy to help and it’s great to see everyone getting involved with the gifts already stacking up in the office.”
Meanwhile, caring staff and little ones at Sheffield University’s Students’ Union nursery have collected a mountain of toys for the appeal.
Within just two weeks the nursery clocked up more than 130 gifts.
A Christmas-themed fundraiser held by Sheffield contact centre company Voice, has also given Cash for Kids a boost.
Team members at Voice’s sites in Woodseats and Broomhill turned up for work in their onesies and Christmas jumpers to partake in a day of money-making schemes, which raised £1,900. The event was one of a number of fundraisers held by Voice throughout the year in aid of Cash for Kids.