A WOMEN’S fundraising group in Weymouth has kindly donated £100 to the appeal.

Ladies in Wey-ting have donated proceeds from the money they raised through a tombola and raffle at the Wyke Regis Christmas Fayre.

The money they have donated will go towards buying gifts for underprivileged children living in Dorset.

Susan-Jane Smith, one of the members who helped in raising the money, said: “We thought it would be lovely to donate the proceeds from the fayre to help little ones who don’t have as much as others.

“It’s wonderful that the Echo do this and it is a grand thing locally.

“We have supported it for many years, there are a lot of people who are less fortunate than others and it’s lovely to know that the donation will help put a smile on their faces this Christmas time.”

Two trolleys of gifts donated

A WEYMOUTH man filled two trolleys full of toys to donate to this year’s appeal in a bid to teach his son the importance of helping others.

Local business owner Andy Sloan has generously donated two trolleys worth of gifts to the Dorset Echo Christmas Toy Appeal for underprivileged children living in Dorset to open on Christmas day.

He took his 20 month old son Luca along with him to buy the toys and says he hopes to do it again every year.

He said: “I was sat watching Luca playing with his toys and thinking about what to buy him for Christmas and I thought he is pretty lucky in that anything he wants I can pretty much give to him. I thought there are a lot of kids who don’t have that, a lot of people who might not be able to get everything they want at Christmas.

“I now hope to do this every year, I’m going to take Luca with me every year because it is a great lesson to show him how lucky he is and how it is good to help others who need it at Christmas.”

  • A LULWORTH family has very generously given toys and a donation.

The Weld family has given toys from the Past and Present shop in Lulworth along with a £200 donation to go towards the Dorset Echo Christmas Toy Appeal.

The kind donation will help to buy gifts for underprivileged children living in Dorset, so that every child has a gift to open on Christmas day.

This is the fourth year the family have generously donated to the appeal and Sally Weld said: “We have lots of grandchildren and I am involved with the NSPCC so I know how difficult it can be for families at Christmas, through no fault of their own.

“It is an absolute pleasure to help less fortunate children at Christmas and we will always continue to support the Toy Appeal.”

Money raised through craft sale

ADULTS with learning disabilities have generously donated the money they raised from selling Christmas cards and crafts to the Dorset Echo Toy Appeal.

Adults at Muntsy’s Day Service raised £140 through selling handmade Christmas crafts and cards and decided to donate £100 of it to help disadvantaged children.

Sue Munts, who runs the service for adults with learning disabilities, said: “They made lots of Christmas cards and crafts and managed to raise £140. They saw a toy appeal story in the Echo and then they were unanimous that donating to the appeal was what they wanted to do.

“I think they have all enjoyed giving something back.”