Rachel Mayfield, editor of the Spalding and South Holland Voice, Coun Harry Drury, Alex Greenfield and Tristian Gilbert, directors of DGG Property Consultants, with presents collected at the Voice offices last year.

Give gifts and make a child’s Christmas

It’s the time of year when we ask our readers to dig deep and help make Christmas very special for local children who may otherwise miss out.

Our annual Give a Gift campaign is being managed a little differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To comply with government guidelines regarding the lockdown and social distancing we have less collection points than in previous years.

The Spalding Voice office is currently closed to the public but if you have a gift for the appeal you can knock and leave it on the doorstep.

You can also take your gift to Courtyard Footcare, Health and Beauty, 66 Swan Street, Spalding, between 10am-3pm, Monday to Thursday.

Alternatively if you would like to order a present online, please arrange for it to be delivered to DGG Property Consultants, Welland Workspace, 10 Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, PE11 1QD.

“Having founded the campaign nine years ago I am extremely excited to be launching it again this week for Christmas,” said Harry Drury, a member of South Holland District Council.

“I am absolutely delighted to be working alongside the Spalding and South Holland Voice newspaper.”

Editor Rachel Mayfield said: “The Voice team is delighted to be working alongside Harry to make Christmas special for young residents.”

The appeal helps ensure less fortunate children aged between three and 14 years old have a gift to open on December 25.

“This year, due to the pandemic, we can only accept new toys and as usual we are unable to accept cuddly toys, make-up, toiletries or food and perishable items due to health and safety,” said Mr Drury.

“The presents can be of any value to suit your budget, we are however unable to accept money,” he added.

Gifts can be donated unwrapped at The Voice’s Goodison Road offices at the Lincs Gateway Business Park, Spalding, until 5pm on Monday, December 14. The offices are open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays. Please do not leave gifts at the door if the office is closed.

All presents will go to South Holland and Boston Child Services to distribute in time for Christmas.

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