Christmas appeal is launched

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A FESTIVE appeal has been launched to provide underprivileged children with a Christmas to remember.

The Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness has called on the local public and business community to donate gifts and day’s out to its disadvantaged visitors.

Every year 14 youngsters from troubled backgrounds are invited to enjoy a few days of festive fun at the centre on Scarbrough Avenue.

Ali Byerley from the centre said: “A lot of these children don’t have a family atmosphere at home so these Christmas breaks help them to gel with other children and adults while giving a boost to their self esteem.”

This year the children will be visiting the centre between December 12 and 16 and the staff hope to make it an extra special occasion for their young guests.

Regular supporters of the children’s charity include Batemans Brewery which organsises an annual Christmas party, Butlins which send gifts to the youngsters and the local police who visit the centre dressed as Santa Claus.

Ali continued: “We do it every year and the locals are well are of what we do.

“The locals are absolutely lovely to us, they always drop off gifts and local businesses have been great too.”

In previous years local businesses and supporters of the charity have provided the children with a nativity play at the County Hotel, trips to an ice skating rink in Grimsby and tickets to go and see a pantomime.

Skegness Pier has also offered a free bowling session to the children’s.

If you have a gift or donation to offer the children during the season of good will contact Ali or Keri at the centre on 01754 763826.