600 boxes of joy for those less fortunate this Christmas

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When it comes to Christmas giving the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean have it all boxed off with their Rota-Toy scheme.

Now in its fourth year, the scheme collects donated new and pre-loved toys and creative materials from local schools and nurseries and then, once they are checked over, the club members deliver them to charities and children's homes in the area.

Amongst those taking part in the scheme were Alderley Edge School for Girls who collected over 100 boxes of toys for the appeal.

Rotary Club spokesperson, Geoff Shelmerdine said, "We are indebted to the local schools and nurseries that generously support our Rota-Toy 'recycling' scheme set up to help the children in our area who are less fortunate, especially at Christmas time.

"Since we started Rota-Toy we have seen a marked increase in requests for help each year and this year we have distributed over 600 filled boxes to organisations in Wilmslow, Wythenshawe, Stockport and across Cheshire East. Additionally, our boxes of toys are now being requested from local Food Banks to meet a new and increasing demand."

Geoff continued "Our message on each Rota-Toy box states 'A box full of smiles from a child to a child' and this is exactly what we want to achieve with our scheme – to put a smile on the faces of those children in our local community who have nothing to look forward to at this special time of the year."

Photo Year 7 girls at Alderley Edge School for Girls donating over 100 boxes.

Alderley Edge School for Girls, Wilmslow Dean Rotary Club