Toy appeal gives dozens of children a Christmas to remember

STAFF at Warrington Collegiate are helping to spread festive cheer by giving those children less fortunate something to open on Christmas morning.

Close to 30 toys were handed over to Wire FM’s Christmas Toy Appeal on Wednesday thanks to the generosity of the College’s Business and Professional and Trade Union Studies team, based at the Business School.

It came after more than £220 was raised through a Just Giving page set up by Curriculum Leader Rick Cayzer.

He explained: “With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to think of something positive to do. As Christmas should really be about kids I thought I’ll go into Toys R Us, buy some toys and take them to the Toy Appeal. Then I started to wonder if anyone else would want to get involved so I set up the Just Giving page, expecting to get about £20 or £30 but it just spiralled.”

Before long, Rick got the backing of his colleagues who each donated money, with CIPD Lecturer Tracy Callaghan also donating toys.

Rick added: “Everyone has been fantastic. I never expected to raise so much money – we’ve ended up with around 26 or 27 toys.

“I went shopping at Toys R Us with my daughter and loaded up with as big a mixture as we could. We’ve got something for everyone – we’ve got Minions, Mr Potato Head, dinosaur toys, cuddly toys, even a giant fluffy rabbit.”

The toys were picked up by Wire FM’s “Elves” Rebecca Hale and Saeed Atcha on Wednesday. They will now be added to the thousands of toys collected through the appeal, before being distributed to a number of local organisations including Warrington Hospital, Warrington Borough Council’s Children’s Support, Halton Borough Council Support Unit, Warrington Youth Club, Bridgewater NHS Trust, Halton Brook Children’s Centre and Warrington Disability Partnership.

The campaign ties with the Business School’s Corporate Social Responsibility mantra, something which staff plan to continue throughout next year.

Tracy said: “Due to the success of Rick’s toy appeal, we would like to do something for good causes each month for the whole of 2016.”