NORTHUMBERLAND Conservatives are running their annual Christmas toy collection.
All donations will go to the Salvation Army to distribute to children in the North East.
These gifts are given to children in any age group, from two to 18 years old, that would otherwise go without a toy on Christmas Day.
People are being urged to buy one more toy when they do their Christmas shopping and donate it to the appeal.
Last year, generous Northumbrians helped to contribute 380 toys to needy children all over the region.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the Berwick constituency, said: “This year we hope to be even more successful as it is the third year of the appeal.
“The response so far has been outstanding, with gifts including playsets, cuddly toys and action figures as well as toiletries for teenagers.
“Every toy we collect makes an enormous difference to the Christmas experience of the poorest children living in our region.
“Everyone is still feeling the pinch, so I would like say a huge thank-you to all those who have managed to buy one more toy for our campaign.”
This year, the Conservative toy appeal is being sponsored for the first time by North East toy company Micro Scooters at www.micro-scooters.co.uk
More than 700 toys have been collected since the appeal started in 2011.
Anyone willing to donate a toy can do so at any time at the Conservative offices in Alnwick, Hexham and Westerhope.
Alternatively, you can call 01665 602106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange collection of donations.