Inspired to give

People in Bucks are being asked to open their hearts to disadvantaged children and young people at Christmastime.

The charity Inspire Bucks’ Christmas Gift Appeal aims to ensure that local children and young people get at least one gift to open.

It seeks donations of new toys and gifts for children and young people, ranging in age from babies to care leavers aged up to 25.

Last year the appeal helped provide a Christmas present to nearly 3,500 children in the county.

Those who prefer can make a monetary donation, which will be used to buy suitable gifts.

Gifts are given to local children and young people in need, including those in care and others whose families are facing severe financial difficulties and simply cannot afford to spend money on toys and gifts.

Inspire Bucks works closely with council social workers, schools and food banks to identify recipients and everyone will receive at least one gift.

Anita Cranmer, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education, said: ‘Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of local people who donate to the gift appeal.

This support makes a huge difference to so many disadvantaged children across the county. I know we are all still facing high cost of living pressures but I would ask those who are able to support this cause, to contribute with either a gift or monetary donation.

‘Every gift and all the money donated goes directly to the children and young people to help give them the Christmas they deserve.’

She added: ‘This year the appeal will also include young people who are leaving the care system to take the next steps into their adult lives.

‘We want to make sure these young people, who may not have families of their own, don’t miss out. A specially chosen gift just for them will bring a smile to their faces and show them that they are cared for which is what Christmas is all about.’

How to help:
To find out more about where to drop off gifts or how to make a monetary donation, visit the Inspire Bucks Gift Appeal website.

Gifts are needed for all ages. If you are unsure what is suitable, Inspire Bucks have put together an Amazon gift list which enables people to buy something direct.

Donors can also give a monetary gift via the charity’s Just Giving page: Inspire Bucks Christmas Gift Appeal 2023 – JustGiving