Helen Walton, from Rochdale Borough Council’s Giving Back Charity
“We are incredibly grateful for everything that The Rochdale Herald and Satire Aid readership did for our charity in 2017.
There are many families in Rochdale who suffer great hardship; the overwhelming response from your readers last year meant that we were able to provide gifts not only for children who are known to the council through our social workers and family workers but also to children we’ve not been able to reach in previous years through new contacts with schools, refuges, hostels and family centres.
I could recount story after story of teary eyed family workers, teachers and support workers who were elated at such a generous response and as a result we reached many, many more children and young people, it was fabulous.
We are looking forward to your help again for Christmas 2018!”
Shelley Brearley Media & Comms Manager Barnardos North West
More than 200 presents have been donated to vulnerable children supported by Barnardo’s across Bury and Rochdale.
The gifts were purchased by kind-hearted members of the public thanks to satirical website The Rochdale Herald, after it launched a ‘Big Fat Secret Santa Appeal’ in early December, which was quickly supported by several other satire sites.
To date, the appeal has seen more than 22,000 presents worth a staggering £150,000 bought via an online gift wish list, which have been distributed to charities around the country, including Barnardo’s.
Toy guitars, lego sets, baby sleep-bags, aftershave, make up sets and Bluetooth speakers are just some of the thoughtful gifts that will be appearing under the tree on Christmas morning for children and young people supported by Barnardo’s in this area.
Services that have benefitted from the gift appeal include those supporting disabled children and their siblings in Rochdale, as well as young mums with babies living in supported housing in the town, and young homeless people living in supported accommodation in Bury.
Lynn Perry, Barnardo’s Regional Director said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has donated to The Rochdale Herald’s appeal. The quality and quantity of gifts has been overwhelming and these acts of kindness will make Christmas so special for so many children, young people and families that we support.”
Dan Slee – Charity Manager Metro Radio Cash for Kids.
Satire Aid contacted Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids during the final week of Mission Christmas last year offering to support the appeal by creating a ‘wish list’ on Amazon. The team explained that we were struggling for gifts for babies and teenage boys so asked if the list online could be tailored to drive donations for these age ranges. We were simply overwhelmed with the volume of gifts received in a matter of days! 12 full pallets of new gifts arrived at our warehouse from around the world – a fantastic sight and massive help to the charity.