Fans urged to support annual toy appeal by Northampton Saints and Travis Perkins

Northampton Saints and Travis Perkins will be launching their annual Christmas toy appeal on November 25, 2016

Northampton Saints and Travis Perkins will be launching their annual Christmas toy appeal on November 25, 2016

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Northampton Saints and Travis Perkins have announced that the 2016 Big Christmas Toy Collection will be launched at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday, November 25.

Supporters heading to the Saints’ Aviva Premiership game against Newcastle Falcons will be able to donate their gifts at one of several drop-off points around Franklin’s Gardens, which will be open throughout the day.

Drop-off points will also be open at the two Northampton branches of Travis Perkins on Harvey Reeves Road and Kettering Road and also at the Travis Perkins Head Office at Lodge Way House in Duston. Supporters can also leave their donations during opening hours in the Saints Shop and the club’s main reception, both at Franklin’s Gardens.

This is the fourth Big Christmas Toy Collection, and over the past three years supporters have helped brighten the festive seasons of thousands of young people in care and in need across Northampton and the wider county.

Supporters are asked to spend no more than £10 on a new toy or gift, and to plan for a range of age groups, from toddlers to teenagers.

For some ideas and more details about this community initiative head to www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/xmascollection.

“Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community, Travis Perkins employees and customers and Northampton Saints supporters at the annual Toy Collection”, said Travis Perkins plc’s chief executive John Carter.

“The Toy Collection makes such a difference to young people across Northampton and we're immensely proud to be working with the Northampton Saints to give back to the local community around our business at this time of year.”

“We work closely with Travis Perkins across a range of areas, but there’s nothing quite like the Big Christmas Toy Collection,” said Saints chief executive Allan Robson. “We’re both aware of our place in the Northampton community, and by encouraging our supporters to donate just a small gift we can help change the Christmases of many more young people in care and in need across the area.”

The Saints and Travis Perkins will work with Northamptonshire County Council to distribute the donated toys and gifts in the run-up to Christmas.