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Otley mum launches Christmas gift appeal
3:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
An appeal to collect gifts for children who will have to spend Christmas in hospital has been re-launched by an Otley mum.
Mother-of-three Mel Metcalfe gave nearly 600 presents, all donated by Aireborough, Wharfedale and Hosforth residents, to Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital last December.
And gifts were also distributed at Martin House and Forget Me Not children’s hospices. Overwhelmed by that response, Mel is now starting up the Leeds Children’s Hospital Christmas Gift Appeal again to try to help young patients keep their spirits up over the festive period.
She said: “The appeal was just too successful not to do it again and this year we are hoping to get enough for all the local hospitals and children’s hospices, so we need to know if there are any others people would like to nominate.
“I’d also like to see if any more local schools would like to get involved and we could set up ‘giving trees’ at schools and businesses.
“We have several drop-off points for gifts already, including the Otley Health and Martial Arts Centre and the Gift Gallery shops in Otley and Horsforth. “If people could just get a small gift to add to their shopping to donate for the wonderful, brave children spending Christmas in hospital that would be absolutely amazing.”
Donated gifts can range from cuddly toys for younger children to books and DVDs for teenagers.
Mel was inspired to start the appeal after experiencing for herself, with her middle daughter, Bethany, how difficult it was to have a child in hospital over Christmas.
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