HELPING those in the Dorset community is important - especially when it involves children during the festive season, says the latest company to back this year’s Dorset Echo Christmas Toy Appeal.

Portland Stone has provided a generous £100 donation to support this year's campaign - which is on course this year to raise more than ever before.

Every penny of their donation will go towards buying presents for children in Dorset who may otherwise go without on Christmas Day.

“Portland Stone Ltd is proud to assist with the Echo’s Toy Appeal for 2021,” said Sam Lees, sales manager at Portland Stone.

“We feel It’s important to help the local community but especially the children at this time of year, even more so with the ongoing effects of the pandemic.”

Portland Stone offers a variety of waste management services and skip hire to different companies in the county and further afield - and have wished everyone the best this festive period.

Mr Lees added: “All of us at Portland Stone LTD wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

Last year the Dorset Echo raised its highest ever amount of £5,432 despite the pandemic and thanks to donations like this, it is on course to smash that record once again.

Debbie Hellaby Newsquest Group Promotions Manager said: “Sourcing, collecting and organising the toys for hundreds of children is not an easy task, the toys are usually matched to the age and interest of each child individually.

“We are delighted to accept the support of the Weymouth Rotary Club to facilitate the collection and collation of toys.”

Toys can be dropped off in Weymouth at Asda, Howleys, Morrisons, Tesco (in the town centre), WH Smith and Wilkinsons.

In Dorchester the drop-off points are at Tesco, Toymaster, WH Smith and Boo’s Toyshop, Poundbury.

In Portland they are at the Co-Op and Tesco, Easton, while in Bridport the bins are located at Morrisons and Toymaster.

Any businesses wishing to make a £100 donation to the 2021 Dorset Echo Christmas Toy Appeal should contact maureen.jolliffe@localiq.co.uk or call 01305 830811.

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