Channel Islands toy appeal brightens festive period

Chloe The Cow Xmas Toy Appeal

Tindle Radio stations Channel 103 in Jersey and Island FM have joined forces for their annual Toy and Gift Appeal – the largest in the Channel Islands.

This year’s campaign, sponsored by Ravenscroft, has collected more than £15,000 in gifts and voucher donations from listeners and island businesses which have been distributed to hundreds of less fortunate children and young people across the Channel Islands so everyone has a gift to open on Christmas Day.

Many families in the Channel Islands are struggling with the cost of living crisis and as a result, the Toy and Gift Appeal has received record levels of requests for help this year.

Santa boost

Channel 103 Breakfast Presenter Peter Mac said: “Recent weeks have been challenging for many people in the island and it’s especially lovely this year to see Jersey come together for the Toy and Gift Appeal.”

Island FM’s Programme Manager James Bentley added, “We recognise that some families in Guernsey have had a really tough year and some are struggling to make ends meet even to get by day to day.

“Our listeners have helped us give Santa a little boost by ensuring that all young people will get some festive cheer in 2022!”

Ravenscroft Managing Director Hayden Taylor added: “People across the Channel Islands are always amazingly generous when it comes to buying one extra gift for the Appeal – yet again, we’ve been overwhelmed by their response – thank you Jersey, thank you Guernsey!”

Recipient charities in Jersey and Guernsey include the NSPCC, Freedom Centre, Causeway, Jersey Women’s Refuge, Mont a L’Abbé School, Frossard Ward, Kidva/Safer LBG and Kindred Family Centre.

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