Gift appeal for kids living in poverty

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An estate agents is throwing its weight behind a campaign to provide poor children with a gift to wake up to on Christmas morning.

Onwards and Upwards, of Queen Street, Morley, has agreed to be a drop-off point for presents in Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids ‘Mission Chirstmas’ project.

Those who wish to give a child from 0-18 living in poverty a Christmas present – which has to be new and unwrapped – can take it to the branch based in Milton House until December 16.

The business has previously held a superhero day and bake sale which raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

Paul Dunnigan, owner of Onwards and Upwards, said: “We have been supporting this worthwhile cause all year to try and support these vulnerable children across Leeds.

“We know how generous the people of Morley always are and would love them to get behind this campaign and pay our shop a visit with their additional gifts.”

Around 39,500 children in West Yorkshire are living in poverty.

Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids charity manager Lisa Sullivan said: “As poverty stats are on the increase it’s tragic to think there are children in our region who are risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas Day.

“With the help of wonderful supporters like Onwards and Upwards we can spread the magic of Christmas.

“We are so proud to have the support of Onwards and Upwards, they have been amazing all year and I know they are pulling out all the stops to make this a Mission Christmas to remember.”

Shoppers can also get involved with ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ on Friday, December 11 and throw on a patterened festive woolly.

Fundraisers will be along Queen Street during the day to collect donations which will all go towards buying presents for vulnerable children across the city.