STAFF at a Weymouth family firm are supporting the Echo Toy Appeal so that others can have a happy Christmas.

Bella Kitchens, which is based at Oxford Court on the Granby Industrial Estate, has given £100 to ensure that more needy children receive presents.

Co-owner Darren Corbridge said: “Most of us at the business have children and we know what a stressful time of year this can be for families anyway, let alone those that are struggling.

“If we can give a little bit back to the community and help families in need, we are more than happy to do it.”

Darren’s sister and Bella Kitchens co-owner Cheryl Stimson said: “We have children and grandchildren who are fortunate enough to have everything they want for Christmas.

“They are fortunate to have things that perhaps underprivileged children don’t have and it’s important to remember those needy children deserve to feel the festive spirit too.”

This is the 12th year that the Echo has run the Toy Appeal and we are appealing for more businesses to donate £100.

The money donated will top up the funds raised to ensure that every child who has signed up receives a gift.

The Toy Appeal is part of the Echo’s Give Back This Christmas campaign in which the paper will highlight all good deeds and festive spirit over the coming weeks.

Toy Appeal collection bins are also in place at a number of locations across Dorset for donations of toys, games, puzzles, books and arts and crafts materials.

The Echo office on the Granby Industrial Estate and the Dorchester office in Antelope Walk are also accepting donations.

Last year the Echo was inundated with sacks full of presents before social workers and carers delivered them to excited children across the county.

With Christmas approaching fast, this year the Echo would like to help even more underprivileged youngsters enjoy some festive spirit.

Cheryl said: “When we give away something away, two hearts smile – the one receiving and the one giving.

“We would like to think that lots of children, who are not as fortunate as our own, will benefit from this donation.”