Friends help to bring festive cheer to Hartlepool

Kyle Jeffries (left) and Ste Cotson with toys they will put into a shoe box. FRANK REID
Kyle Jeffries (left) and Ste Cotson with toys they will put into a shoe box. FRANK REID
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Kind-hearted friends are hoping to “bring the community of Hartlepool together” to help those worse off this Christmas.

Ste Cotson and Kyle Jeffries, from Hartlepool, are asking parents to donate their children’s old Christmas presents and toys.

The items will then go into shoeboxes, which will be given to those children less fortunate.

Mr Cotson, 25, said: “Christmas isn’t far off, and we all know that everyone loves to spoil their children.

“But why do people bin all of the old presents and toys when they can help to make a difference?

“We’re asking everyone to donate all of their children’s old or unwanted toys, and put them in a shoebox to make a difference this year and make a little child’s Christmas. Imagine waking up on Christmas Day and your child having no presents to open, and not being able to see their little face light up.

“Let’s give a child a Christmas this year, and make those less fortunate than us smile. We’ve had a really good response so far, and people have been bringing toys in.”

Mr Cotson and Mr Jeffries run the Six Week Challenge, a training programme which aims to get people in Hartlepool fitter. They have also been involved in several charity projects, including a recent challenge to help raise the awareness of homelessness in the town.

They spent 24 hours on the streets, and raised more than £700 for charity Homeless Link – Street Link.

Their latest challenge is to help unfortunate children feel better this Christmas, and they hope to attract a big response in the coming weeks.

Mr Jeffries, 30, who is a personal trainer, said: “We want to bring the community of Hartlepool together.

“We have big plans to try and get more people involved. We want to support small businesses and help as many people as possible along the way.”

People can take donations to Horsley Buildings, in Darlington Street, the Headland, or contact Mr Cotson on 07482 254452.