Christmas came early for needy kids at home

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Children spending the run up to Christmas at Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness have benefited from the generosity of customers at a local opticians.

Specsavers has been busy accepting donated toys, clothes and sweets at its store in Lumley Road, to help give disadvantaged youngsters at the centre a Christmas to remember.

Local children were challenged to design posters to help the store promote the appeal and the donations then flooded in.

The holiday centre’s young visitors, aged between seven and 13, celebrated Christmas at the centre on Thursday, December 20 by opening their presents before being entertained by a team from Butlins holiday camps.

Stuart Hogg, store director of Skegness Specsavers, said: “We’ve been bowled over by the tremendous response to the appeal by businesses and customers. Thanks to some lovely posters designed by local children to spread the word about the appeal, we have been inundated with donations of toys, clothing and sweets.”

Posters designed by Skegness schoolgirls Hollie Kemp, aged nine, and Summer Kemp, eight, particularly impressed the Specsavers team and the girls were presented with Argos vouchers by store manager Hilary Kay as a reward.

“Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre is a local charity which works hard to support disadvantaged children and we couldn’t let the opportunity to spread a little festive cheer pass us by. On behalf of all the team at Skegness Specsavers we wish the children at the holiday centre a very merry Christmas,” Mr Hogg added.

David Harris, fundraising officer at the charity, said: “We are really grateful for Specsavers support in the run up to Christmas. We try to make it as fun as we can for the children staying with us at this time of year. Our young guests are in a disadvantaged position through no fault of their own and these gifts have made their Christmas that extra bit special.”

Many other local businesses, schools and the general public have also donated a vast number of gifts, sweets and more for the children this Christmas including; CID at Skegness Police, The Lumley pub, The Liberal Club, Grand Central, Batemans Brewery, Hames, Butlins & The Lady Jane Franklin School among others.