A charity helping those most affected by poverty has urged readers to continue donating to this year's toy appeal.

Maundy Relief based in Accrington helps those struggling on low incomes by providing food, advice on benefits and counselling.

Deputy manger Helen Bishop said that the Lions Christmas Toy Appeal, supported by the Observer, is a great way to help less well off families during the festive period.

She said: “If you donate toys then it means less fortunate families can spend their money on food and heating their homes.

“The people I see regularly really appreciate the help, it means so much to them. I am currently getting a list of names together of those who need the help, if anyone is struggling they should get in touch. 

“There is only a few weeks left for the appeal now, I hope people will keep up their support.”  

If you would like to support the appeal, you can take items along to the

collection point at Sue’s Shoe Repairs on 12 Little Blackburn Road,


You can also drop off toys at our office at Accrington Market Hall.

Please do not donate soft toys.

All toys must be donated by Monday, December 9.

If you are someone who could benefit from the toy appeal call Maundy Relief on 01254 232 328.