Bring a smile to child this Christmas with the Hartlepool Mail toy appeal

Today sees the launch of the Hartlepool Mail's annual Gift Appeal – and once again we are asking you to dig deep and buy one extra present to help bring a smile to a child's face.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 2:48 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 9:56 am
MKM Building Supplies boss Mick Sumpter with his staff showing off some of last year's donations

For so many families the run-up to the big day is one of worry and the need to help is as great today as it has ever been.

The Mail has once again teamed up with MKM Building Supplies in the town to give Santa a little helping hand.

Last year we had an amazing response to our appeal and your generosity is always humbling.

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Jane Plant and Lee Dees from MKM Building Supplies receiving Christmas Gifts at the launch of the Hartlepool Mail 2019 Christmas Appeal . Picture by FRANK REID

All the gifts donated are given to Hartlepool organisations, which pass them on to those most in need in our community.

There is no need to break the bank either, with small items such as cuddly toys, perfumes and selection boxes as welcome as bigger items.

Bosses at MKM Building Supplies, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, have generously committed to once again to be a drop off point for donations.

Mick Sumpter, branch manager, told the Mail: “It’s just great to be part of the appeal, knowing that we are helping people.

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“We really like speaking to the people coming in to take the gifts, whether it is to a refuge centre or wherever in the town.

“Over the years we have built up a great rapport with those who come in and they always say how much they appreciate our help, but it is the least I can do.

“So many of these charities and organisations are struggling to survive and desperately need our support.

“Without it many children would receive nothing on Christmas morning. That’s heartbreaking.

“We just hope this goes some way to helping people have a great Christmas and enjoy themselves.”

Gifts can be donated to MKM Building Supplies between 7.30am and 5.30pm from Monday to Friday or from 7.30am to noon on Saturdays.

Gifts should be new and unwrapped when handed over to the appeal.

If there are any charities or organisations that would like to be considered for a donation from our toy appeal, contact MKM Building Supplies on 01429 231500.