Growing support for Christmas Give a Gift appeal - can you help?

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Readers and local businesses are getting behind a campaign to bring joy to children from disadvantaged families this Christmas.

The couple who run Ted West’s fish shop in Boston are supporting the Give a Gift Appeal this year – and have bought two huge bags of brand-new toys.

The campaign is asking for donations of quality toys which will be delivered to families struggling financially this Christmas.

The appeal is run by Thomas Campbell Estate Agents in Fish Hill and supported by The Standard, Boston Borough Council, Asda and Ted West’s – with each offering a drop-off point for donations.

“We are right at the other end of town so thought it would be great to support the cause and offer another drop-off point,” said the chip shop’s owner Shane Bradshaw, who purchased new toys for the appeal with his partner Carol Morehen.

He added: “We always donate toys to good causes - and this seemed like the ideal appeal to support this year.”

Toys dropped off at Ted West’s, in Eastwood Road, will be moved to a secure storage away from the shop. They can also be handed in at Asda, in Lister Way, and the borough council’s HQ in West Street, Boston.

Thomas Campbell’s director Harry Drury said: “There is no shame in asking for a little help for your children this Christmas.”

Those who feel they could benefit from the appeal this year are urged to get in touch and write a letter to the editor Stephen Stray at 5-6 Church Lane, Boston, Lincs PE21 6ND, email or visit and leave your details.