Portland United Football Club has pitched in with a generous donation to the Dorset Echo Christmas Toy Appeal.

The club said it has seen a strong show of community support recently in its own fundraising efforts, and is donating to the Toy Appeal to give something back.

The Toy Appeal helps to buy presents for underprivileged children who would otherwise go without on Christmas morning.

Businesses and organisations have been showing their support with £100 donations - every penny of which is spent on presents.

Dave Camp, president of Portland United FC, said: “Our vice chairman Tom Savage and secretary Randle Gates sat on the foyer of Tesco for a day appealing to people to sponsor a square on the football pitch.

“This is to put towards the £60,000 needed to purchase the ground from the Crown Estate.

“People have been extremely generous and we feel that the Dorset Echo’s Toy Appeal is our opportunity to give something back to the community.

“It’s also good to know that some underprivileged young people will now get Christmas presents. Most of our committee have children and grandchildren so feel that this is a very worthwhile cause.”

Dorset Echo promotions manager Debbie Hellaby said: “Without the support of our readers and businesses we would not be able to help put smiles on all those families’ faces at Christmas, so a big ‘thank you’ in advance for your help.”

With just weeks to go until the big day, the Toy Appeal is calling on the community to support the campaign.

To make a donation online visit dorsetecho.co.uk/toyappeal.

Business wishing to donate should contact Maureen on 01305 830811 or maureen.jolliffe@dorsetecho.co.uk

Toys can also be dropped into collection bins at the following locations:

Asda - Weymouth

Howleys - Frederick Place, Weymouth

Howleys - Junior Shop, Weymouth

Goulds Garden Centre - Littlemoor, Weymouth

Morrisons - Weymouth

Tesco - Weymouth town centre

WH Smith - Weymouth

Wilkinsons - Weymouth

Howleys Lego Shop - Weymouth

Matalan - Weymouth

Portland Tourist Office

Co-Op - Easton, Portland

Tesco - Portland

Tesco - Dorchester

Toymaster - Dorchester

Boo’s Toyshop - Poundbury

Toymaster - Bridport