Mother Christmas appeal founder working non-stop to gift 5,000 presents to children across Northamptonshire
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Gifts and toys have been pouring in to collection points across the county for the annual Mother Christmas appeal to help the county’s most disadvantaged children.
Kind-hearted residents across Northamptonshire have been helping retired social worker Jeanette Walsh (aka Mother Christmas) by donating presents.
Jeanette says she is determined to help as many children as possible because it’s an appeal that come from the heart.
She said: “So many people have asked me why I do this and I just say it’s because for the first six years of my life I never had a Christmas or birthday present.
"It wasn’t until I went into a children’s home that I had my first presents. I know what it is like to have nothing and I’m going to work non-stop to make sure I can help as many children as possible.”
Jeanette now heads-up the appeal on behalf of Northamptonshire’s social work teams, working alongside the Faraway Children’s Trust and other partners.
She collects brand new, unwrapped gifts that will be passed on to families in the most need, who are known to social workers across the county.
And there’s more places than ever to help the county’s most disadvantaged children this year.
Jeanette said: “We’ve had a wonderful response so far and even though times are tougher than ever before I know that the people of Northamptonshire won’t let me down – they never do.”
She has been dashing around the county to collect gifts from church groups, supermarkets, and sports clubs – and you can donate too.
New unwrapped gifts can be donated at drop-off points across the county.
Donations can be dropped off at all Nando's stores across Northamptonshire, Wellingborough Museum, North Northants Council offices, and West Northants Council’s team at One Angel Square as well as at Wicksteed Park .
The last date for donations is Wednesday, December 13, so they can be taken to the social work teams in time for Christmas Day.
Jeanette added: "Let's give the children something to smile about and make it a really happy Christmas by sharing and showing we care for our youngest and most vulnerable county residents.”
Where to donate during regular opening hours:
Wicksteed Park Kettering, reception Barton Road, NN15 6NJ
West Northants Council offices, 1 Angel Square, Angel St, Northampton NN1 1ED
Nando's George Street, Corby NN17 1QG
Nando's Carina Road, Kettering NN15 6YA
Nando's Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre NN10 6FT
Nando's Wood Hill, Northampton town centre NN1 2DA
Wellingborough Museum, Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XB
North Northants Council will be accepting gifts in four towns in north Northamptonshire – in Corby at the One Stop Shop on first floor at the Corby Cube George St, NN17 1QG, in Kettering at the reception of the council offices in Bowling Green Road, NN15 7QX, in Thrapston at the council offices in Cedar Drive reception NN14 4LZ, and in Wellingborough at the Tithe Barn Office, Tithe Barn Road, NN8 1BP.