Christmas appeal to bring joy to children in need

Christmas appeal to bring joy to children in need


Christmas appeal to bring joy to children in need

Staff from some of Wigan Borough’s biggest organisations are working together to give children a brighter Christmas this year by asking for donations from their workforce for toys, food hampers and selection boxes for delivery on Christmas eve.

Wigan Council is partnering with Wigan and Leigh College, Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh Hospital, Greenmount Projects and Daffodils Dreams to launch a major Christmas appeal which will see staff members come together to help bring a bit of much needed joy to families across the borough.

Many of the donations will be hand delivered to families identified by the charity Daffodils Dreams by staff volunteers from these organisations, and the hospital is supporting the appeal by donating to the borough’s young care leavers.

Dave Lyon, Assistant Director of Environment at Wigan Council, said: “We know this has been a particularly difficult time for many families across our borough, but we wanted to ensure the families still have a Christmas they can remember.

“I couldn’t be prouder to see colleagues at the council, along with our amazing partners, bringing joy to many people across our communities who need it most.”

Among the partners to be taking part in the appeal is Daffodils Dreams, who help support children and their families who find themselves living in hardship, this is the charity chosen by Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Marie Morgan, to raise money for in 2022/23.

Maureen Holcroft, founder of Daffodils Dreams, said: “It’s so great to join forces with like-minded organisations to make this campaign successful and bring smiles to the children of Wigan Borough.”

Silas Nicholls, Chief Executive of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust said: “I am very proud to join with our partners and support this brilliant cause to help support families across the borough, I’m sure all my colleagues at WWL will do what they can to donate to those in need this Christmas.”

Louise Brown, Vice Principal at Wigan and Leigh College, added: “It’s always a privilege to work together with partners across the borough to support our community. In light of the cost-of-living crisis, this year in particular, families may need extra help, and we are proud to contribute to this amazing cause and we know our college community will do their best to help with donations.”

Helping to collect and organise the logistics of the collection is Greenmount Projects, whose director Mike Sharkey, said: “I’m really pleased to support the Wigan Borough’s organisations to make the boroughs communities a little happier this Christmas.”

Find out more about Daffodils Dreams (external link).

Posted on Wednesday 23rd November 2022

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