Hundreds of Hartlepool kids will enjoy Christmas after gift appeal

Handing over gifts collected at MKM Building Supplies, as part of the Hartlepool Mail Give a Gift campaign, are Jane Plant, left, and Mick Sumpter, right, to (from left to right) Kelly Bryan and Sue Currell, of Hartlepool Patch.
Handing over gifts collected at MKM Building Supplies, as part of the Hartlepool Mail Give a Gift campaign, are Jane Plant, left, and Mick Sumpter, right, to (from left to right) Kelly Bryan and Sue Currell, of Hartlepool Patch.

Hundreds of children are set for a Christmas surprise after the Mail’s annual gift appeal proved another roaring success.

Give a Little Gift has provided hundreds of under-privileged children in Hartlepool with presents over the years.

Handing over gifts collected at MKM Building Supplies as part of the Hartlepool Mail Give a Gift campaign are Jane Plant, left, and Mick Sumpter, right, to (from left to right) Steve Mudd, Colin Watt and Kay Barron, all of Hartlepool PINS (Parents in Need of Support).

Handing over gifts collected at MKM Building Supplies as part of the Hartlepool Mail Give a Gift campaign are Jane Plant, left, and Mick Sumpter, right, to (from left to right) Steve Mudd, Colin Watt and Kay Barron, all of Hartlepool PINS (Parents in Need of Support).

This time, about 400 gifts were donated byreaders, and they have already started to be distributed to charities in the town.

The Mail again ran this year’s campaign with MKM Building Supplies in Hartlepool, with readers dropping off unwrapped presents at the MKM base in the town’s Burn Road.

Mick Sumpter, a director at MKM Building Supplies Hartlepool, said: “Once again, the appeal has been a fantastic success.

“As well as the many gift donations, about £350 was raised. We were delighted with the response.

We wanted to ensure that as many children as possible have a smile on their face on Christmas morning

Mick Sumpter

“The gifts will be spread around Hartlepool and go to Hartlepool children, which is great.

“We wanted to ensure that as many children as possible have a smile on their face on Christmas morning.

“Some children may not even have a gift to open, and if we have been able to counteract that with this, then it has been a great success.”

Hartlepool organisations have already started to collect the presents, including Patch Family Support, Parents in Need of Support (PINS), North East Specialist Therapeutic Services, Women’s Refuge, Hartlepool Carers and Bevan House Social Services.

However, there are still gifts available for other charities and organisations to collect.

Mr Sumpter added: “A big thank you must go to the general public and the customers of MKM Hartlepool. Many organisations have already been in to collect gifts, and have been so grateful for the help. These groups do such important work within the Hartlepool community.

“The staff here at MKM are proud to have played a part in this year’s appeal, and look forward to doing it all again in 2016.”