The Vernon has launched its Christmas Toy Appeal alongside Imagine Radio to help children supported by Cheadle-based charity, Together Trust.
The online fundraiser has been redesigned this year to be Covid-secure, while allowing people to help fund toys for vulnerable children across the North West.
Instead of donating actual toys, a website has been set up for donations, and Vernon has pledged to contribute an additional £5 for every £5 or more donated (up to £5,000) to boost the number of Christmas presents that will be purchased for local kids in the appeal.
Together Trust supports young people, adults and families with autism, a learning disability, physical disability, complex needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Last year over 1,100 brand new toys were donated across Vernon’s branches in the building society’s first ever toy appeal – and it’s hoping to do even better in 2020.
How you can help
Visit www.wewillhelp.co.uk to donate and, for every £5 or more you give, Vernon will match it with an additional £5 (up to a maximum donation of £5,000).
Every penny of the money donated will be spent on buying a toy or essential item for a child or young person under the care of Together Trust, to make sure those in need can have a happier Christmas.
Vernon’s marketing manager, Alex Deakin, said:
We were overwhelmed by the kindness of residents and businesses across Greater Manchester last year, and were determined that restrictions wouldn’t stop us from running the toy appeal again. By fundraising online to buy toys, we can keep safe and still make Christmas special for these deserving families.
“Let’s end this tough year by making a positive difference and putting a smile on the faces of the young people and their families who are supported by The Together Trust.”
The Toy Appeal closes on the 14th December in time to purchase, wrap and deliver the toys to those in need before Christmas in a Covid-safe way.