Sunday 24th November 2013 @ 16:38 by james.dean

The annual Christmas shoe box appeal launched on Friday with hopes of beating last year’s huge collection.

The launch was held at Dukinfield Town Hall as Cllr Jackie Lane – Chair of Dukinfield Ladies’ Community Group (DLCG) – welcomed the public alongside Martyn Catterall, the Greater Manchester Area Co-Ordinator for ‘Operation Christmas Child’.

The official launch, which has been held in Dukinfield by the DLCG for the past 14 years, was started with the first few collections of the year.

Cllr Lane told us: “It’s great to get the ball rolling already and we are determined to do better than ever.”

Although Operation Christmas primarily focuses on collecting shoe boxes full of gifts for the under-privileged, any small donations will still be welcomed.OCC_logo_big