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Wednesday 16th November 2016 @ 17:03 by Tom Greggan

This year’s Tameside Toy Appeal officially launched on Saturday in a festive blaze of colour and brass band music – if not weather!

There was no snow, but fundraisers and their supporters braved the wet to bring all the fun of an early Christmas to Ashton market.

Tameside 4 Good has once again joined forces with the Tameside Reporter, Tameside Radio and Tameside Council’s Early Help Team  to run this year’s campaign.

Hopes are high of surpassing last year’s amazing success when an incredible £20,000 was raised.
The Rotary Club of Tameside’s sleigh swept onto the market ground with Santa aboard, where he was joined by Tameside Radio Ted to welcome the children.

Members of Copley Brass Band struck up the festive tunes to add a touch of Christmas magic to the occasion.

Many big-hearted residents brought along new toys for the appeal and £175 was collected in donations by Tameside Rotary which will be used to buy toys or gift vouchers for older children.

The Tameside Radio outside broadcast team were there too to report on all of the fundraising efforts and help raise more awareness about this year’s appeal.

All donations will be gratefully received. Around 10,490 children in Tameside live in poverty.  They won’t wake up to find presents under a brightly lit tree. With your support, the Tameside Christmas Toy Appeal can change this. All toys donated are distributed to Tameside children living in poverty.

Can you help make this Christmas one to remember for a Tameside child?  We need businesses and local centres across Tameside to sign up to be drop-off points, support with logistics and storage.

Amy Rowlands, Tameside 4 Good fundraiser, said: “Last Christmas, we were overwhelmed with the support which resulted  in more than £20,000 worth of toys being  donated to disadvantaged children in Tameside.

“Once again we are seeking the support of local businesses and the community to help local children celebrate Christmas.

“We will be asking our local community to donate a new, unwrapped toy for children aged from birth to 18 years old, who may not receive a present.

“The toys are given to youngsters in need and we know this really makes a difference.”

For more information, visit The deadline for donations is Thursday, December 15.

The businesses acting as drop-off points are:

Tropical Palms
2 Chappell Rd, Droylsden. M43 7NA.
Music Corner
17 Melbourne St, Stalybridge. SK15 2JE.
E Taylor Electrical
27 Melbourne St, Stalybridge. SK15 2JE.
Magpie’s Nest
30 Armentieres Square, Stalybridge. SK15 2BR.
Florence and Amelia’s
17 Corporation St, Stalybridge. SK15 2JL.
Trinity St, Stalybridge. SK15 2BJ.
The Jolly Hatters
119 Town Lane, Denton. M34 2DJ.
The Leading Edge Hair & Beauty
61 Dowson Road, Hyde. SK14 1QS.
Infinity Initiatives CIC
298 Mossley Road, Ashton-under-Lyne. OL6 7LP.
Tesco Express
Mossley Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne. OL6 6NQ.

IKEA Manchester
Wellington Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne. OL6 7TE.