The Give a Gift toys collected in Spalding last year ready for distribution. From left, South Holland district councillor Rodney Grocock, Mark Le Sage, Coun Harry Drury, The Voice editor Rachel Mayfield and Jack Smith from Definitions Health and Fitness.

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.

The Spalding Voice office is a collection point for the annual Give a Gift Campaign and we are hoping to pack the office with toys galore.

“Having founded the campaign eight 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.

“We respectfully ask that the gifts are in new or ‘as new’ condition and 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 16. The offices are open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

If you know of any families in the South Holland or Boston area who might benefit from the campaign, email or write to Rachel in confidence to

Any gifts left over will go to South Holland and Boston Child Services in time for Christmas.

Other collection points are: Baytree Winter Wonderland, Weston; Sainsbury’s, Holland Market; Beales Department Store, Market Place, Spalding and South Holland District Council, Priory Road, Spalding.

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