STUART McGINLEY: Closing date for Toy Appeal is fast approaching

We still have quite a few shopping days left to Christmas but at Spirit FM the closing date for this year's Toy Appeal is fast approaching.

Sunday, 11th December 2016, 8:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:48 pm

This is our eighth year collecting toy donations to go to underprivileged and sick children in the area for Christmas and the response again this year has been incredible.

We so often hear and see in the news about the bad side of human nature but I wish more positive news was reported in the media, not wanting to sound too much like Noel Edmunds here!

The deadline for the toy appeal this year is this coming Sunday 11 th December, and once we’ve collected your new toys, we will then distribute them to local charities across West Sussex who will then ensure they get delivered to poorly children unlucky enough to be in hospital this Christmas and those less fortunate than us.

You can simply drop off your toys to the nearest collection point in the county, these include our studios at Spirit FM in Dukes Court Chichester, selected local libraries, Morrison’s in Littlehampton and Bognor, Tesco at Fishbourne Chichester, Marks and Spencer in North Street Chichester, and Swan Walk Shopping Centre in Horsham (outside Wilko).

There are 25 drop off points in total across our broadcast area, so just visit our website at to see the one nearest to you.

We would greatly appreciate donations of new toys for boys and girls up to the ages of 19, anything from, dolls, Lego, toy cars, board games to colouring books/pencils for all age ranges.

The toys must be new and still in their original packaging; don’t worry about wrapping them, the Spirit FM team will do that for you.

It makes me feel so proud to see how something so simple can make such a difference to children and families having a tough time at Christmas, we couldn’t do it without the generosity of our listeners though so a huge thank you once again to you for supporting the appeal.

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