Mother Christmas gift appeal boost as Northampton Saints fans join forces with Travis Perkins

Collections were made at the cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens
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Mother Christmas’ annual gift appeal has been boosted by yet more generous donations including by two of Northamptonshire’s most famous names.

Travis Perkins and Northampton Saints teamed-up to hand over over donations from staff, customers and supporters to help the county’s most needy children.

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Jeanette Walsh aka Mother Christmas delivered the bags full of gifts to social work teams who will in turn pass them on to families.

Jeanette delivers the gifts donated by Travis Perkins and Northampton Saints to One Angel SquareJeanette delivers the gifts donated by Travis Perkins and Northampton Saints to One Angel Square
Jeanette delivers the gifts donated by Travis Perkins and Northampton Saints to One Angel Square

Donations were made at Saints’ match against the Barbarians as well as at Travis Perkins branches.

Mother Christmas Jeanette said: “We were given sackfuls of gifts and a huge bag of food, and £295 in gift vouchers.

"New firms are getting in touch, they have read about the appeal in the paper and online. All of a sudden I have had double what I usually get.

"It’s another fantastic year.”

Jeanette has been delivering gifts to social workers across the areaJeanette has been delivering gifts to social workers across the area
Jeanette has been delivering gifts to social workers across the area
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Helping Jeanette accept the gifts from The Saints and Travis Perkins was Colin Foster, chief executive of Northamptonshire Children's Trust.

Jeanette said: “Colin was over the moon. He couldn’t believe how generous people have been.”

"Thank you so much for all your support so far. Let's keep going so we can 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.”

Here’s how you can help and where you can donate your brand new, unwrapped presents

Corby: NNC’s One Stop Shop on first floor at the Corby Cube, Nando’s in George Street, Prezzo’s in George Street

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Kettering: Nando's in Carina Road, the reception of the council offices in Bowling Green Road, Simply Gym, Rothwell Road

Thrapston: the reception of NNC’s council offices in Cedar Drive

Rushden: Nando’s at Rushden Lakes shopping centre

Wellingborough: Wellingborough Museum, the reception at NNC’s Tithe Barn Office in Tithe Barn Road

Northampton: Nando’s in Wood Hill Northampton town centre, West Northants Council reception at 1 Angel Square

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With help from Northampton firm Dynamic Office Solutions, she has launched her own Just Giving site https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mother-christmas and she is hoping to raise £20,000 with help from Northamptonshire residents and businesses.

Gifts will be collected by Mother Christmas Jeanette and distributed to social work teams looking after children across the county. The deadline is the week before Christmas.