More support for the Echo Toy Appeal

Dorset Echo: GIFT: Anthony Quinn and Brian Cookson with the £100 donation GIFT: Anthony Quinn and Brian Cookson with the £100 donation

‘SUPPORTING local children’ is the reason why one Weymouth store is backing the Echo Toy Appeal with a donation of £100.

Kitchen Craft, on Cambridge Road, in Weymouth, has generously given £100 towards the campaign which will help provide toys for underprivileged children in Dorset this Christmas.

This year marks the third year the business has donated to the Toy Appeal, and proprietor Brian Cookson is urging other businesses who can afford to donate to follow in his footsteps.

He added: “The Echo Toy Appeal is a fantastic and very worthy cause and most importantly it’s for the children at Christmas time.

“We are more than happy to support the appeal because it supports local children and that is incredibly important, especially during the festive season.

“As Christmas is primary for children we wanted to do all we can to help.”

Almost £4,000 was raised last year and thousands of new toys were donated to underprivileged children across Dorset to open on Christmas day. Toys can be donated to appeal bins in shops and businesses across the area.

Last year sacks of presents filled the Weymouth office before social workers and carers took them to deliver to underprivileged youngsters.

All the gifts collected will go to children who may have suffered neglect, abuse or be living in refugees with their mothers.

Many are in the care of families who simply cannot afford to buy them something special for Christmas.

The Echo offices in Weymouth and Dorchester are also accepting donations.

We are looking for 30 businesses to donate £100 each for our appeal.

Each donation is gratefully received and all those donating £100 will be featured in the Echo.

To donate £100 call Debbie Hellaby on 01305 830815 or email


Asda, Weymouth
Bridport and Lyme Regis News, Bridport
The Co-op, Easton, Portland
Dorset Echo, Dorchester
Dorset Echo, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth
Goulds Garden Centre, Littlemoor
Howleys Toymaster, Weymouth
Howleys Toymaster Lego shop, Weymouth
Howleys Toymaster pre-school shop, Weymouth
Morrisons, Bridport & Weymouth
Tesco, Dorchester & Weymouth
Toymaster, Bridport
Toymaster, Dorchester
Value House, Weymouth
WH Smith, Dorchester
WH Smith, Weymouth Wilkinsons, Weymouth
Daniels Fish and Chips, Littlemoor, Abbotsbury Road, and Wyke Regis
Tesco, Portland Boots, Weymouth
Boots, Dorchester
Curtis Wright, Bridport Fish and Fritz, Weymouth
Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park
Greg Cameron-Day, Dorchester


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